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Updated Sep 2, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Final Word: Pay attention to the upcoming election, Arizona

Arizona gubernatorial candidates Republican Doug Ducey (left) and Democrat Fred DuVal are shown. (AP Photos)

Well, Arizona, you got what you wanted.

I don't know if Arizona will ever actually BE a purple state, but there are now more registered Independents than Republicans or Democrats. Whether or not they vote is the question.

Also, for whom does an Independent likely vote?

The latest Rasmussen poll in Arizona found gubernatorial candidates Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal are tied at 40 percent of the vote. The poll did not include the Libertarian candidate, Barry Hess, who factored in as high as 12 percent in other polls.

When it comes to being a well-known name, Ducey comes out way on top, with only 7 percent of respondents NOT knowing his name.

On issues of trust and taxes, Arizonans trust the two candidates differently, but our own political expert pollster Mike O'Neill said if there ever was such a thing as a gubernatorial tossup in Arizona, this race is it.

Stay tuned. Ask questions, vote your conscience, and keep listening.

Stay tuned. Ask questions, vote your conscience, and keep listening. Find out what your candidate will do about public education funding, CPS, the state budget and attracting more companies to our state.

We will continue to talk about this race (and others) in the next eight weeks. With races for attorney general, state superintendent of public instruction, secretary of state and treasurer, there is plenty to talk about and even more that matters. Find what matters most to you.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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