Biden says Democrats can win in Arizona
In the past 60 years, Arizona has voted for only one Democratic presidential candidate. But Vice President Joe Biden is confident that there’s a chance that Obama will turn the state blue in November. He said during a fundraising event in Phoenix that they have a real shot at winning the presidential race in the state.
Vice President Biden said that the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama will be actively working to generate support in the state. He added that organizers will be in the state. The vice president’s visit in Arizona came a day before GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s visit. The former Massachusetts governor will meet with the Republican National Committee in Scottsdale. He will address state Republican Party chairmen during a luncheon on Friday.
Arizona has always voted for Republican presidential candidates for the past decades. The only Democratic president to win in the state was Bill Clinton in 1996. In 2008, President Barack Obama made an effort to win in the state but he lost to longtime Arizona senator John McCain by an 8 point margin.
But since then, the Latino population has increased in Arizona, which boosted the Democrat’s confidence in winning in November. In 2008, Latinos made up 16 percent of the voting population. Democrats see Latinos as a vital voting bloc in Arizona. Obama won the demographic by 15 percent in 2008 over McCain.
But despite the efforts of the Democrats in Arizona, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said that it is just a mirage. He also said that the Republicans will try to woo Hispanic voters. He added that Arizona is a red state. It would always be Republican and will vote for Romney this coming presidential election. The party will be in the state in support of their candidate, which is likely to be Mitt Romney.