Effort to Prevent Parties from Nominating Candidates Ends, AZGOP Battled Similar Measure in 2012 Successfully
PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party commented on the announcement today that the campaign to eliminate party primaries as a method of nominating candidates for office has ended. The effort was led by Democrat Terry Goddard and former Democrat Paul Johnson, both who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Arizona in the past. Their effort was an attempt to amend the Arizona Constitution by gathering enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot, but they fell far short of the goal.
“Our election system is a reliable and robust one because voters are very confident in the current process of nominating candidates through a party primary election, before those candidates who are nominated can advance to the general election,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “What got shut down today was an effort to drastically change our elections, and it was a change sought by former candidates who were rarely if ever able to succeed at the ballot box. Our Republican Party had already formed a committee to stop them and we have been adamantly opposed this constitutional amendment, just like we were in previous election cycles, and we believe that had a lot to do with their abandonment of their efforts.”