Arizona Gov. Ducey to face Democratic educator in November

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) will face a college professor in November, in a state in which teacher protests scrambled the political landscape earlier this year. David Garcia, an education policy expert who teaches at Arizona State University, won the state’s Democratic primary on Tuesday with 48 percent of the vote, The Associated Press projected with 3 percent of precincts reporting. ADVERTISEMENT Ducey, seeking his second term in office, won the Republican nomination with 70 percent of the vote, ahead of former Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R). Garcia is making his second run for public office, after narrowly losing a 2014 bid for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. He has staked out progressive positions backing “Medicare for all” and opposing President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s proposed border wall with Mexico. Garcia has played up his education credentials, touring the state in a school bus. He hopes to capitalize on energy left over from a weeklong teacher’s strike earlier this year in Arizona, when 20,000 teachers clad in red shirts marched against cuts to education funding and low pay. Ducey ended the strike by signing a deal to raise teacher pay by 19 percent over the next three years. Those raises begin this fall, when teachers will see a 9 percent salary hike. The legislation will also restore some of the $400 million in cuts to education budgets made during the depths of the recession. The only public poll conducted during the primary showed Garcia and Ducey virtually tied. Republicans have already started to hammer Garcia in paid television spots, underscoring Ducey’s unease with his own political standing. Democrats are hopeful of making gains in other Arizona races this year, including a U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (R) and an open House seat held by Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police No evidence of unauthorized data transfers by top Chinese drone manufacturer: study Senate Democratic campaign arm launches online hub ahead of November MORE (R), who is running for Senate.  But the party has not had good luck in the race for governor in recent years. Republicans have won five of the last seven gubernatorial elections; Janet Napolitano is the only Democrat to have run the state since the beginning of the 1990s.  Click Here: Golf special

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