Republican lawmakers in Arizona who voted last year for a Medicaid expansion were characterized in their primary races as supporting Obamacare or being Obama allies.
That’s a great GOP primary attack. It just turns out it isn’t terribly effective in reality — at least, not in Arizona.
Eight of these lawmakers who sought re-election in Tuesday’s vote were among those “blacklisted” on a website paid for by the Alliance of Principled Conservatives and criticized as being Obama allies in campaign mailers sent out by the Arizona Free Enterprise Club. Other non-incumbent candidates were also targeted.
According to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office, 1,483 of 1,530 precincts are completely reported — and based on the votes in so far, about half of the 21 names on the website’s blacklist were either the top vote getter in their race or among the top two if they were running for an Arizona House seat, which has two openings per district. All eight incumbent legislators who voted for the 2013 Medicaid expansion look like they’re on track to win their races.
Non-incumbents who weren’t so lucky, with only two of them in the likely to be elected category.
Republican candidates in Arizona “blacklisted” by group in primary
The election was seen as a referendum on Brewer, who supported candidates who had voted for expanding Medicaid as well as adopting Common Core.
The Arizona Supreme Court announced Wednesday it would review the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Medicaid expansion.
“This issue is not about politics,” Brewer said in a statement. “It is about the more than 276,000 Arizonans who risk losing crucial, cost-effective healthcare, the viability of our rural and safety-net hospitals, and the ability of our state budget to fund critical programs and services essential to our most vulnerable.”