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  How new residents turned Arizona purple — and made it a key battleground in 2020
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Last EditedBrentinCO  Jan 08, 2020 07:05pm
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News DateThursday, January 9, 2020 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description For Molly Nygren, longtime Democrat and Houston transplant, 2018 was her first election in Arizona.

Alice Lehr skipped the 2016 presidential election, but believes politics reached an intolerable tipping point last year under President Donald Trump.

Both women participated in the state’s historic 2018 election, in which Democrats won a U.S. Senate race in Arizona for the first time in 30 years and won three other statewide contests.

They are the type of voters who will help settle Arizona’s elections in a year when Democrats and Republicans alike are treating the state as a crucial battleground for the White House and control of the Senate in November.

Nygren, a Gilbert nurse, lives in the southeast Valley, where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema persuaded voters who collectively supported Trump in 2016 to back her Senate bid in 2018.
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