Political party strength in Arizona

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The U.S. state of Arizona is the home of Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, and the state is widely regarded as a Republican Party stronghold.

Statistics show a close division among registered voters: Republicans 36%, Democrats 33%, and independents 30%, with independents growing at a much faster rate than either major party.[1]

State politics[edit]

State politics are still largely controlled by Republicans, particularly from the conservative wing.[1] The following table indicates the political parties of elected officials in Arizona:

The table also indicates the historical party composition in the:

For years in which a presidential election was held, the table indicates which party's nominees received the state's electoral votes.

The parties are as follows:       Democratic (D),       Independent (I),       no party (N),       Republican (R),       Unionist (U), and       a tie or coalition within a group of elected officials.

Year Executive offices State Legislature Corp. Comm. United States Congress Electoral College votes
Governor Secretary of State Attorney General Treasurer Supt. of Pub. Inst. Mine Inspector State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class I) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House
1863 John A. Gurley (R)[2] Richard Cunningham McCormick (R) no such offices Charles Debrille Poston (R) no electoral votes
John Noble Goodwin (R)[3][4]
1864 Coles Bashford (R)[5]
1865 John Noble Goodwin (R)
Richard Cunningham McCormick (R)[4][6] James P. T. Carter (R)
1867 Coles Bashford (I)
James P. T. Carter (R) (act)
1869 Coles Bashford (R)[7] Granville Henderson Oury (D)[8] Richard Cunningham McCormick (U)
Anson P.K. Safford (R)[9]
1872 J. E. McCaffry[8]
1875 Hiram Sanford Stevens (D)
1876 John Philo Hoyt (R)
John Philo Hoyt (R)[10] John Jay Gosper (R)
John C. Frémont (R)[10][11][12]
1879 John Goulder Campbell (D)
1881 Granville Henderson Oury (D)
John Jay Gosper (R) (act)
Frederick Augustus Tritle (R)[13][14] Hiram M. Van Arman (R)
1884 Clark Churchill[8]
1885 Curtis Coe Bean (R)
C. Meyer Zulick (D)[15] James A. Bayard (D)
1887 Briggs Goodrich[8] Marcus A. Smith (D)
1888 John A. Rush[8]
1889 Clark Churchill[8]
Lewis Wolfley (R)[16][17] Oakes Murphy (R)
John N. Irwin (R)[16][18]
1892 William Herring[8]
Oakes Murphy (R)[16] Nathan A. Morford (R)
1893 John C. Herndon[8]
L. C. Hughes (D)[15][19] Charles Morelle Bruce (D) Francis J. Heney (R)[8]
1895 Thomas D. Satterwhite[8] Nathan Oakes Murphy (R)
1896 J. F. Wilson[8]
Charles Morelle Bruce (D) (act)
Benjamin Joseph Franklin (D)[15]
1897 Marcus A. Smith (D)
Myron H. McCord (R)[20][21] Charles H. Akers (R)
1898 C. M. Frazier[8]
Oakes Murphy (R)[20][22] Charles F. Ainsworth[8]
1899 John Frank Wilson (D)
1901 Marcus A. Smith (D)
1902 Isaac T. Stoddard (R) Edmund W. Wells (R)[8]
Alexander Oswald Brodie (R)[23][24]
1903 John Frank Wilson (D)
1904 William Francis Nichols (R) Joseph Henry Kibbey (R)[8]
1905 E. S. Clark[8] Marcus Aurelius Smith (D)
William F. Nichols (R) (act)
Joseph Henry Kibbey (R)[23]
1908 John H. Page (R)
1909 Ralph Henry Cameron (R)
Richard Elihu Sloan (R)[25] George U. Young (R)
1910 John B. Wright[8]
1912 George W. P. Hunt (D) Sidney Preston Osborn (D) George Purdy Bullard (D) Henry F. Ashurst (D) Marcus A. Smith (D) Carl Hayden (D) Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. Marshall (D) Green tickY
1915 Wiley E. Jones (D)
1917 Thomas Edward Campbell (R)[26]
George W. P. Hunt (D)
1919 Thomas Edward Campbell (R) Mit Simms (D)
1920 Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge (R) Green tickY
1921 Ernest R. Hall (R) W. J. Galbraith (R) Ralph H. Cameron (R)
1923 George W. P. Hunt (D) James H. Kerby (D) John W. Murphy (D)
1924 Calvin Coolidge and Charles G. Dawes (R) Green tickY
1927 Carl Hayden (D) Lewis W. Douglas[27] (D)
1928 K. Berry Peterson (D) Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis (R) Green tickY
1929 John Calhoun Phillips (R) J. C. Callaghan (R)
1930 I. P. "Ike" Fraizer (R)[28]
1931 George W. P. Hunt (D) Scott White (D)
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner (D) Green tickY
1933 Benjamin Baker Moeur (D) James H. Kerby (D) Arthur T. La Prade (D) Isabella Selmes Greenway[29] (D)
1935 John L. Sullivan (D)
1937 Rawghlie Clement Stanford (D) Joe Conway (D) John R. Murdock (D)
1939 Robert Taylor Jones (D) Harry M. Moore (D)[30]
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Henry A. Wallace (D) Green tickY
1941 Sidney Preston Osborn (D)[30] Ernest McFarland (D)
Dan Edward Garvey (D)[31]
1943 2D
1944 John L. Sullivan (D) Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman (D) Green tickY
1948 Evo Anton DeConcini (D)
Dan Edward Garvey (D)[32] Curtis Williams (D) Harry S. Truman and Alben W. Barkley (D) Green tickY
1949 Wesley Bolin (D) Fred O. Wilson (D)
1951 John Howard Pyle (R)
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon (R) Green tickY
1953 Ross F. Jones (R) Barry Goldwater (R) 1D, 1R
1955 Ernest McFarland (D) Robert Morrison (D)
1959 Paul Fannin (R)
1960 Wade Church (D) Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (R) Red XN
1961 Robert Pickrell (R)
1963 2D, 1R
1964 Barry Goldwater and William E. Miller (R) Red XN
1965 Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr. (D) Darrell F. Smith (R) Paul Fannin (R)
1967 Jack Richard Williams (R)[33] 2R, 1D
1968 Richard M. Nixon and Spiro Agnew (R) Green tickY
1969 Gary K. Nelson (R) Barry Goldwater (R)
1973 3R, 1D
1974 N. Warner Lee (R)
1975 Raul Hector Castro (D)[34] Bruce Babbitt (D)
1976 Gerald R. Ford and Bob Dole (R) Red XN
1977 2R, 2D
Wesley Bolin (D)[30][35] Rose Perica Mofford (D)[31] Dennis DeConcini (D)
Bruce Babbitt (D)[36] John A. (“Jack”) LaSota, Jr. (D)
1979 Bob Corbin (R)
1980 Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush (R) Green tickY
1983 3R, 2D
1985 4R, 1D
1987 Evan Mecham (R)[37] John McCain (R)
1988 George H. W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R) Green tickY
Rose Perica Mofford (D)[35] James Shumway (D)[28]
1991 Fife Symington III (R) Richard Mahoney (D) Grant Woods (R)
1992 George H. W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R) Red XN
1993 3R, 3D
1995 Jane Dee Hull (R) Lisa Graham Keegan (R)[38] Jon Kyl (R) 5R, 1D
1996 Bill Clinton and Al Gore (D) Green tickY
Jane Dee Hull (R)[32] Betsey Bayless (R)
1999 Janet Napolitano (D) Carol Springer (R)
2000 George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (R) Green tickY
2001 Jaime Molera (R)[28]
2003 Janet Napolitano (D)[39] Jan Brewer (R) Terry Goddard (D) Tom Horne (R) 6R, 2D
2005 18R, 12D 38R, 22D
2006 39R, 21D
2007 Dean Martin (R) Joe Hart (R) 17R, 13D 33R, 27D 5R 4R, 4D
2008 John McCain and Sarah Palin (R) Red XN
2009 18R, 12D 36R, 24D 3R, 2D 5D, 3R
Jan Brewer (R)[35] Ken Bennett (R)[28]
2011 Tom Horne (R) Doug Ducey (R)' John Huppenthal (R)' 21R, 9D 40R, 20D 5R, 3D
2012 Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (R) Red XN
2013 17R, 13D 34R, 26D 5R Jeff Flake (R) 5D, 4R
2015 Doug Ducey (R) Michele Reagan (R) Mark Brnovich (R) Jeff DeWit (R) Diane Douglas (R) 38R, 22D 5R, 4D
Year Governor Secretary of State Attorney General Treasurer Supt. of Pub. Inst. Mine Inspector State Senate State House Corp. Comm. U.S. Senator (Class I) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House Electoral College votes
Executive offices State Legislature United States Congress


  1. ^ a b Silverstein, Ken (July 2010). "Tea Party in the Sonora". Harper's (Harper's Magazine Foundation) 321 (1,922): 35–42. 
  2. ^ Appointed territorial governor by President Abraham Lincoln to be the first governor of the territory died on August 19, 1863, before he could arrive in the territory.
  3. ^ Gurley died prior to taking office as first appointed governor; Goodwin, who was Chief Justice of the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court, was appointed by Lincoln in his place.
  4. ^ a b Resigned to take an elected seat as delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
  5. ^ Attorney general of Arizona Territory appointed by Goodwin.
  6. ^ Territorial governor appointed April 10, 1866 by President Andrew Johnson; took the oath of office July 9.
  7. ^ Secretary of Arizona Territory appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant; resigned when state capital moved.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Attorney general of Arizona Territory.
  9. ^ Territorial governor appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant.
  10. ^ a b Territorial governor appointed by President Rutherford B. Hayes.
  11. ^ It is unknown when Frémont took the oath of office; he and his family arrived in Prescott on the afternoon of October 6, 1878.
  12. ^ Resigned. Frémont spent little time in the territory; and the Secretary of the Territory asked him to resume his duties or resign, and he chose resignation.
  13. ^ Territorial governor appointed by President Chester A. Arthur.
  14. ^ Resigned after Grover Cleveland was elected president so that the Democratic president could appoint a Democrat as governor.
  15. ^ a b c Territorial governor appointed by President Grover Cleveland.
  16. ^ a b c Territorial governor appointed by President Benjamin Harrison.
  17. ^ Resigned due to a disagreement with the federal government on arid land policy.
  18. ^ Resigned to handle family business out of state.
  19. ^ Hughes had abolished many territorial offices, and unhappy officials successfully petitioned Cleveland to remove him.
  20. ^ a b Territorial governor appointed by President William McKinley.
  21. ^ Resigned to serve in the Spanish–American War.
  22. ^ Asked by President Theodore Roosevelt to resign for opposing the Newlands Reclamation Act.
  23. ^ a b Territorial governor appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt.
  24. ^ Resigned to accept appointment as assistant chief of the records and Pension Bureau at the Department of War.
  25. ^ Territorial governor appointed by President William Howard Taft.
  26. ^ Campbell's narrow election win was overturned by the Arizona Supreme Court on December 22, 1917, which, following a recount, awarded the office to George W.P. Hunt. Campbell vacated the office three days later.
  27. ^ Resigned
  28. ^ a b c d Appointed to fill vacancy.
  29. ^ Elected to fill the vacancy caused by the previous representative being elected to the next term, but resigning before the term began.
  30. ^ a b c Died in office.
  31. ^ a b Initially appointed to fill vacancy.
  32. ^ a b As state secretary of state, filled unexpired term and was later elected in his or her own right.
  33. ^ The state constitution was amended in 1968 to increase gubernatorial terms from two to four years; Williams' first two terms were for two years, his third was for four years.
  34. ^ Resigned to take post as United States Ambassador to Argentina.
  35. ^ a b c As state secretary of state, filled unexpired term.
  36. ^ As state attorney general, filled unexpired term, and was later elected in his own right; the secretary of state at the time had been appointed, not elected, and therefore, per the state Constitution, not in the line of succession.
  37. ^ January 6, 1987 – April 4, 1988: impeached and removed from office on charges of obstruction of justice and misuse of government funds.
  38. ^ Resigned to take a position with the Education Leaders Council.
  39. ^ Resigned following confirmation as United States Secretary of Homeland Security.

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