Arizona

  1. State Press reporter Dulce Paloma Baltazar Pedraza asked Arizona State University students what issues mattered most this election season.

    "The issue I’m most concerned about is the job market when I graduate. I feel worries I’m not going to be able to finda  job when I get out of college. It seems harder and more competitive. Both candidates are worried about this, but I don’t necessarily understand how they’re going to go about it."

    - Anthony Gomez, senior

    "It’s more like a combination of issues I’m worries about; things like the economy, the deficit, personal freedom. The nominees don’t address them very well, but I think a third party does."

    - Logan Spencer, senior

    "Lately I’ve been worried about public radio and TV. I don’t think without them, information would be available to underprivileged families. I think it’s a really good resource for people."

    - Ross Engbritson, freshman

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  2. More than 1,000 students and residents listened as Jimmy Eat World opened for former President Bill Clinton Wednesday night, who was at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus to speak in support of Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona. 

    Aside from Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, neither national candidates or big-name politicians have visited the mostly red state. Clinton’s visit comes as the national Senate race tightens, with Politico reporting Carmona up 4 percent over Republican candidate Jeff Flake.

    Film freshman Rosemary Zinke said she came to the rally to see Clinton and learn more about Carmona.

    "Since this is my first time voting, I want to learn as much as I can about everyone," Zinke said.

    State Press reporter Tess Homan contributed to this post

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  3. All over the world, the biggest challenge countries are facing is creating enough jobs for the people of age to work. It’s not an American challenge. It’s a global challenge.”

    - Former President Bill Clinton gave a speech Wednesday at Arizona State University in support of Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona.

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  5. Photo by State Press photographer Cameron Tattle
"People say you’re wasting your vote if you vote for me. You’re not," Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said during a rally at Arizona State University Wednesday afternoon on Hayden Lawn. 
Despite Barack Obama’s slight gains in recent weeks, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is ahead by about 6 percent in Arizona. 
Neither Democrat or Republican presidential candidate has visited Arizona to campaign, and Johnson seemed to be appealing to the nearly one-third of registered independents in the state. 
A recent Reason-Rupe poll published by Reason.com, an online right- and left-wing alternative publication, found that Johnson and his running mate, former Orange County Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, have 6 percent of the vote nationally.
State Press reporter Tess Homan contributed to this post.

    Photo by State Press photographer Cameron Tattle

    "People say you’re wasting your vote if you vote for me. You’re not," Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said during a rally at Arizona State University Wednesday afternoon on Hayden Lawn. 

    Despite Barack Obama’s slight gains in recent weeks, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is ahead by about 6 percent in Arizona.

    Neither Democrat or Republican presidential candidate has visited Arizona to campaign, and Johnson seemed to be appealing to the nearly one-third of registered independents in the state. 

    A recent Reason-Rupe poll published by Reason.com, an online right- and left-wing alternative publication, found that Johnson and his running mate, former Orange County Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, have 6 percent of the vote nationally.

    State Press reporter Tess Homan contributed to this post.

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  6. …we want to make sure that people know that we’re checking for this, and that we don’t want them voting twice in this upcoming election.”

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    Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett on nine new cases of possible voter fraud in the 2008 presidential election.

    "Whether it’s nine cases or 90 or 900, we’re going to try to identify if it’s happening, and when it does, we’re going to prosecute and we’re going to try to prevent it from happening at all," he said

    Arizona is a member of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program, which reports voter irregularities from data submitted by its 15 member states. Only seven cases of voter fraud have gone to court in Arizona since 2000, according to News21.

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  7. We’ve always known this race is going to be a close one. That’s why Jeff Flake is working hard to gain the trust of voters.”

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    Andrew Wilder, spokesman for Arizona Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Flake.

    Democrat Richard Carmona is leading Jeff Flake by about 5 percent, according to a recent poll reported by Arizona news station 3TV. 

    Flake released his first campaign ad this week, calling out Carmona for being “recruited” by President Barack Obama and for supporting the health care law.

    The Hill reports Carmona is going to Washington, D.C. on Friday for a fundraiser, which Arizona Republicans are pointing to as evidence of Carmona’s support for Obama’s agenda. Invites to the event ask for donations ranging from $500 to $5,000.

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  8. carlyhb:

    I am a Mormon. And I will not be voting for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney come this November.

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    Arizona State Press night editor and LDS member Carly Blodgett gives her perspective on Mitt Romney.

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  9. Friend, the Democrats have had their eyes on Arizona for months and they are going to stop at nothing to turn our state blue.”

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    U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said in a campaign fundraising email.

    Flake garnered more than 357,000 votes in the state’s primary on August 24 compared to Democrat Richard Carmona, who earned less than 290,000 votes.

  10. Arizona State University students respond to that question Washington Post contributors asked Republican and Democratic National Convention-goers for Unconventional

    Megan Mayer, junior:“Overall, I like the Democratic environmental policies and their equal-rights idea. I am for gay rights. Even though I personally know Republicans who are not so conservative, the Republicans in the news are very conservative. I don’t like that.”  

    Brent Walters, junior: “My parents are Republicans, so that’s a factor. I helped start, in my high school in East Mesa, a club for young Republicans. I believe in fiscal responsibility and I’m a fan of very open commerce. I guess I believe in making your own luck. I find myself more of a fiscal Republican than a social one.”

    Dani Tomlison, senior: “Generally I feel the Democrats’ platform reflects my views on how society should be run by the government. I’m pro-choice and I believe the LGBT community has the right to get married. Top-down economics don’t work.

    "I don’t understand how any woman can vote Republican with the platform they’re running. I mean, every single republican voted against equal pay between men and women.” 

    Josh Brooks, junior: “I feel like the republican ideals fit with the way I perceive the world. I would say I’m more moderate. I don’t agree with the way democrats deal with finances and immigration policies. Those who work hard should be rewarded. They should be able to help in the way they want or can, not be forced to do so.” 

    Quotes reported by Dulce Paloma Baltazar Pedraza, photos by Amy Edelen (reporters for The State Press).

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