GOP failures in Arizona have lessons for the whole party

Published July 18, 2023

Washington Post

Republicans in Arizona have lost three straight Senate races, and they’re afraid of adding a fourth loss next year in the purple-trending state.

But Arizona Republicans can win in 2024. To do so, they must avoid nominating a firebrand such as failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and instead select a candidate who replicates the winning formula of their leaders in the state legislature.
Arizona House Speaker Ben Toma and

Senate Majority Leader Warren Petersen command their chambers with paper-thin majorities. They have managed to preserve control of the statehouse despite the top-of-the-ticket failures.

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Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Thomas W. Smith distinguished scholar in residence at Arizona State University for the winter/spring 2023 semester.

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Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

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