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That statement may be most true here in Arizona, where Gov. Doug Ducey was once considered one of the safest incumbents of 2018, even after Trump won the state by just 3 percentage points in 2016. Ducey had both an approval rating above 50 and access to bundles of campaign cash.
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“Other states treat us like a farm team,” Farley lamented at a happy hour with teachers the night before the first day of school earlier this month.
But first Democrats need to pick a nominee and the teachers who revolted couldn’t agree on who to back. The Arizona Education Association, the state wing of the NEA, endorsed Garcia, who would be the first Hispanic elected statewide in Arizona in 40 years. The American Federation of Teachers’ Arizona wing, however, went with Farley.
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In Kentucky, which also saw a dramatic teacher walkout, Republicans expect education funding to be a top issue as GOP Gov. Matt Bevin runs for re election next year. It’s already proven to be a major issue in the state’s legislative elections, with 30 educators on the ballot this fall in the Bluegrass State. (A whopping 71 educators are on the ballot for state House and Senate in Oklahoma.)
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