Ahwatukee Foothills will have near-solid Republican representation at both state and federal levels beginning in January, according to unofficial vote tallies from the Maricopa County Elections Department.
Local incumbent Democrats like U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) and state Rep. Rae Waters (D-Ahwatukee Foothills) were swept out of office Tuesday as the Republican Party surged nationwide. The only local Democrat to keep her seat was Elizabeth Rogers, who defeated Republican Don Calender to be reelected as Kyrene Justice of the Peace.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cruised to reelection, beating Democrat challenger Rodney Glassman by about 62 percent to 32 percent.
Republican David Schweikert unseated Mitchell for the U.S. House of Representatives by about 53 percent to 42 percent.
Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, will remain in office having bested Democrat Terry Goddard, the state’s Attorney General, by about 56 percent to 41 percent.
In local races for the state Legislature, current state Rep. John McComish (R-Ahwatukee Foothills) faced no opposition in his bid for state Senate. His seat in the state House of Representatives, along with the one occupied by Rae Waters (D-Ahwatukee Foothills) both fell into the hands of Republican challengers Bob Robson and Jeff Dial. Dial led with about 35 percent of the vote, with Robson at about 34 percent and Waters with about 31 percent.
Volunteers working the polls in Ahwatukee Tuesday said turnout appeared similar in volume to previous midterm elections.
Bette Camp, a volunteer at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center polling place, southwest of Elliot Road and 51st Street, said the lengthy ballot had proven challenging for many voters.
“We have more spoiled ballots than I’ve seen before,” she said.
Anna Frost, a volunteer at the Clarion Inn polling station, northwest of Interstate 10 and Elliot Road, said that many voters had been stopping in to drop off early ballots.
Local voters said they were motivated by a variety of issues.
John Lawrence, who cast his vote at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St., said he opposed the national healthcare reform package championed by President Barack Obama.
“Stop the spending,” he said.
Martha Varah, who voted at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, said she opposed the healthcare reforms, as well, and intended to vote against Mitchell. Otherwise, she mostly voted for Democrats, she said. She said she was split on the propositions.
“We have a lot of good issues at stake here,” Varah said.
In other races:
- Republican Tom Horne was on track to defeat Democrat Felecia Rotellini for state Attorney General by 53 percent to 47 percent.
- Republican Doug Ducey will be the next state Treasurer with nearly 55 percent of the vote, beating out Democrat Andrei Cherny.
- Republican John Huppenthal will be the next Superintendent of Public Instruction with nearly 58 percent of the vote, beating Democrat Penny Kotterman.
- Republican Bill Montgomery was elected the next Maricopa County Attorney with nearly 75 percent of the vote, beating Libertarian Michael Kielsky.
- Republican Brandon Schmoll, with nearly 53 percent of the vote, unseated incumbent Democrat Jon Levenson for Kyrene Constable.
In regard to the statewide ballot initiatives, each with 94 percent of precincts reporting:
- Proposition 106, the Arizona Health Insurance Reform Amendment, passed with 55 percent of the vote.
- Proposition 107, the Arizona Civil Rights Amendment, passed with 61 percent of voters approving.
- Proposition 109, the Arizona Hunting and Fishing Amendment, failed with 59 percent disapproving.
- Proposition 110, the Arizona State Trust Lands Question, failed by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin.
- Proposition 111, the Arizona Lieutenant Governor Amendment, failed with 59 percent of the vote against it.
- Proposition 112, the Arizona Signature Filing Amendment, failed 51 percent to 49 percent.
- Proposition 113, the Save Our Secret Ballot Amendment, was on its way to approval with 61 percent of voters supporting it.
- Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Initiative, was failing by a margin of one percentage point.
- Proposition 301, the Arizona Land Conservation Fund Transfer, failed with 74 percent disapproval.
- And Proposition 302, the Arizona First Things First Program Repeal, failed by a 69 percent to 31 percent margin.
The results await official certification by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.