Rallying the Base: Gov. Ducey, GOP candidates host pre-election ‘Victory Tour’
Republican voters filled the patio of College Street Brewhouse Monday afternoon, standing shoulder-to-shoulder, wall-to-wall to see their candidates in today’s general election.
Gov. Doug Ducey appeared alongside U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, U.S. Senate candidate Martha McSally, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, State Treasurer candidate Kimberly Yee and others to encourage enthusiasm among Havasu’s GOP voters.
According to Ducey, Mohave County voters will be paramount in Republicans’ continued position of power in Arizona politics. As each of the city’s high-profile Republican visitors addressed conservative values Monday afternoon, Havasu and Mohave County officials offered their own encouragement.
“Mohave County will be extremely important in this year’s election,” said State Sen. Sonny Borrelli. “We have historically been the ‘red wall’, stopping liberal ideals put to the voters. We’re very grateful they’re paying attention to Western Arizona.”
According to Borrelli, Mohave County’s voters are more engaged in the political process than voters of other districts. “They do more research before they go out to vote. It’s a big misconception people have that we have a lot of people born and raised here. A lot of Mohave County residents come here from other states. They vote on their feet. People love Arizona because we’re a low-property-tax state. We’re freer than the places they came from. We hope they remember why they moved here.”
Kelli Ward, who lost to McSally in this year’s primaries, agreed to appear at the event to lend support to her former opponent.
“We have to make sure President Trump has support in the House, the Senate and on the ballot, and help make America great again,” Ward said. “I’m glad we have a Republican candidate (in the Senate) – it’s going to be a competitive race this week. It will probably be one of the most-watched races in the country.”
Despite partisanship, Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen on Monday encouraged all Havasu residents – Democrat as well as Republican – to vote today.
“We just want people to vote,” Nexsen said. “We want them to go out and make their voices heard. Our role is very important in Arizona politics. The GOP recognizes the importance of Mohave County in Arizona.”