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Arizona's political face is turning purple

PHOENIX -- Red state, blue state, how about purple state?

A Valley political analyst said Arizona is becoming more purple and will eventually turn to a blue state.

Arizona has long been a red state but Mike O'Neil said a shift to purple or blue is inevitable. Still, it won't happen by the 2016 presidential election.

"The longterm demographic shift is clear. It has to do with migration, not just Hispanics but more people coming to Arizona from elsewhere," O'Neil said. "We will not be a lock-red state anymore."

But Republicans will have a lock on the state legislature until 2020, he said.

"Just because of the way the districts are. A Democrat could be elected governor but that Democrat starts with a 6 percent handicap."

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About the Author


Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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