Arizona is where a difference could be made by American Indians. At least on paper.
Native American voters – possibly some five percent of the state – were the determining factor in Janet Napolitano’s election as governor. Because in that 2002 election, American Indian voters took part. And at the polls showed up across the state individuals from 23 reserve communities.
That type of success alter the nature of politics in Arizona and would, it appear, set the stage for future winning campaigns.
This year’s primary was another case of the vanishing Native vote. So the race was open along with that, there was no incumbent. Perfect conditions for a pickup.