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Gov. Jan Brewer's endorsement at top of wish list for GOP candidates

PHOENIX -- What's in a name? If it's the right name, a lot.

Arizona Republicans seeking the governor's office are lining up endorsements and Valley political expert Stan Barnes said Gov. Jan Brewer's name is at the top of everyone's wish list.

"Normally endorsements are a lot of heat and no light. They're not really that impactful," Barnes said. "In a Republican primary that's close, distinguishing yourself with a prominent, respected governor like Jan Brewer would make a lot of difference."

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, is another coveted endorsement.

Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the the first big-name Republican to throw his support behind one of several GOP gubernatorial candidates, backing Doug Ducey, the state treasurer.

The Republican field includes Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former Go Daddy executive Christine Jones, former Mesa mayor Scott Smith and former California Congressman Frank Riggs.

Fred DuVal is the leading Democrat in the race. He's a former Clinton staffer and Barnes said an endorsement from President Clinton would have a "tremendous" impact in the general election.

"Time has been good to Bill Clinton and I think he is generally liked by the center of the Arizona political electorate. ... I think it's one of the secret weapons that Fred DuVal has."

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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