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Ducey Solid In Primary,
But Vulnerable In November

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Governor Doug Ducey. Image by Gage Skidmore and used under a Creative Commons License.
With Old And Insufficient Public Polling Paving The Way, The Race For The Governorship In The Grand Canyon State Might Be Headed For A Down-To-The-Wire Finish


By Joey Hancock
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 23, 2018 — Governor Doug Ducey’s recent drop in the polls leads to concern for the Republican Primary against surging Democratic nominee David Garcia but a relatively easy path to nomination lies ahead for Ducey.

A June 21 to 22 poll by Emerson College reveals Ducey leads Ken Bennett 44 to 22 percent with nearly 35 percent undecided. When matched up against the two Democratic candidates, David Garcia and Steve Farley, Ducey’s lead shrinks. A June 29 to July poll by Gravis has Ducey at 42 percent and Farley at 39 percent. The same poll has Ducey leading Garcia in a head-to-head matchup 42 to 41 percent.

Ducey was elected in 2014 and announced his bid for re-election in 2017.

Ducey is running on a safety and security platform, along with more money for schools and jobs and economic security.

Ducey suffered a setback in the polls as the #RedforEd movement picked up steam in May, which ultimately led him to endorse more money for education.

Ducey’s website reads, “Doug believes a quality K-12 education system in the most important thing we can do to ensure Arizona kids have a strong and secure future. His focus is on increasing our investment in public education and improving results in the classroom.”

Ducey is also focusing on school safety after the recent Parkland school shooting in Florida introducing the Safe Arizona Schools Plan.

“This common-sense, multifaceted solution puts more cops on campuses across Arizona, increases the number of school counselors, creates a central tip-line for reporting safety concerns and provides further tools to keep those with severe mental health issues from possessing a gun,” according to Ducey’s re-election website. “Further, it improves the background check system while protecting our rights preserved under the Second Amendment.”

Ducey touts four key accomplishments during his time as governor: balancing the budget, adding new jobs, economic security, and tax relief and reform.

Ken Bennett was a 2016 Republican candidate for the 1st Congressional District, but lost to Paul Babeu.

Bennett also ran for governor in 2014, but Ducey won the primary.

A former Arizona secretary of state from 2009 to 2015, Bennett was appointed to the position by former Gov. Jan Brewer in 2009, according to Ballotpedia.

Bennett has worked as a missionary in Japan, was CEO of Bennett Oil Company and has received the Polly Rosenbaum Award from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public records for his “support of the State Library’s mission to preserve Arizona’s history and to provide access to information on the state,” according to Ballotpedia.

Attempts to knock Bennett off the ballot failed. Bennett’s opponents claimed that he did not submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, according to azcentral.

Bennett presented more signatures than required, 7,833, than the required number (6,233) and was allowed to stay on the ballot.

Bennett has been outspoken about Ducey’s policy involving the border, recently stating on his Facebook page, “You have a choice: Our border is not secure and we suffer due to illegal activity. Ducey broke his promise and now wants four more years to try again… Here is the truth – the Governor can put the National Guard in AZ to stop the illegal activity. I will do it. Ducey will not accept the political fallout. I will.”

Bennett’s campaign is focusing on five key issues. Repealing Obamacare, a full repeal of the North American Free Trade Agreement, school safety, building a border wall and the Arizona budget.

The Arizona Governor Primary Election takes place Aug. 28.
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