Some days to go before an Arizona midterm election that will bring new leadership to the state and could determine which political party controls the U.S. Senate, Arizona Democrats called in the big guns.
It was standing room only on Wednesday night at Cesar Chavez High School in Laveen, a predominantly Latino village in southwest Phoenix.
Former President Barack Obama came to the Valley to stump for U.S. Senator Mark Kelly and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, two candidates in tight races, and the whole of Arizona’s blue down-ticket.
The atmosphere inside the high school gymnasium was electric thanks to the energy of a thousand galvanized Democratic voters and at least one foul-mouthed heckler.
Obama is attempting to mobilize tepid Democratic voters in six battleground states in the closing days of a hotly contested midterm election that concludes on Tuesday.
Key races in Arizona including for U.S. Senate, governor, secretary of state, and attorney general are close.
Arizona Democrats aren’t in the mood to gamble their luck in a bright purple battleground arena.
Not without a fight face to face.