Brian Walsh

Recently named one of the ten most vulnerable incumbents this cycle, freshman Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick has found herself squarely on the defensive against Republican Paul Gosar.  Gosar, who achieved “Young Gun” status in the NRCC’s recruitment program, has been running a strong campaign and is positioned to win in November.

With non-partisan political handicapper Charlie Cook moving the race to “Lean Republican”, recent polling that shows Kirkpatrick neck-and-neck with Gosar, and even the DCCC contemplating pulling out of the district, the latest news seems to be hitting the imperiled Democrat pretty hard.  Aside from the fact that she is relying heavily on misleading and false ads, she’s also taken an unusual approach to motivating her base.  Perhaps signaling she’s planning to throw in the towel, Kirkpatrick emailed her supporters about an “upset victory” for Republicans – a result Gosar is working tirelessly to accomplish.

Check back as this race continues to develop and be sure to keep an eye on Arizona this Election Day.

Original Post: 9/10/2010

The First District of Arizona has been solidly Republican and has voted this way in past presidential elections.  President Bush won the district effortlessly in 2004 with 54 percent of the vote, and Arizona native John McCain won similarly with 54 percent in 2008. Despite the Republican tilt of this seat, the representative from the First district is Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, whose out-of-touch fiscal policies have led to needless spending that has put small businesses in a bind. Republican Paul Gosar is waging a strong challenge against Kirkpatrick, who continues to neglect the conservative tendencies of her constituents and the current border security crisis affecting her state. While 70 percent of Arizonans support SB1070, the Arizona immigration law, Kirkpatrick stands against the majority of her constituents in opposition to it.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.