Richard Kimball

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This article is about the politician. For the fictional character, see Richard Kimble. For the BYU professor, see Richard I. Kimball.

Richard Kimball is an American politician, and president of the nonprofit organization Project Vote Smart.

In 1986, after serving in the Arizona Legislature and the state's Corporation Commission, Kimball ran as a Democrat against John McCain for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barry Goldwater.

His campaign was subject to negative press from The Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette, both owned by McCain benefactor Darrow Tully.[citation needed] One Gazette columnist described him as displaying "terminal weirdness."[1] McCain ultimately won the election by a margin of over twenty percent.[2]

Afterwards, Kimball commented on the campaign to a reporter from the Arizona Daily Star: "I was enormously depressed — not because I lost. It was because I spent all my time collecting money." He spent the months after the election traveling through Mexico, and has not sought public office since.[3]


  1. ^ Nowicki, D. & Muller, B. (2007, March 1). The Senate calls. The Arizona Republic. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
  2. ^ Election Results 1986
  3. ^ Innes, Stephanie (November 9, 2006). "Candidates on losing end of election cope differently.". The Arizona Daily Star.