August 24th, 2010
08:41 PM ET
8 years ago

Arizona Senate: There's a Democratic race too

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - There's been so much coverage of the heated Arizona Senate race between Republican Senator John McCain and Republican challenger J.D. Hayworth, you might think the race ends with the primary today. Or as Arizona Democratic candidate Randy Parraz asked CNN, "Do you guys know there's a Democratic race in Arizona today too?"

Parraz is one of four Democrats vying for a spot on the November ticket. A community organizer, Parraz is the only Latino in the race and he's gained buzz lately, particularly among the online progressive community. He jumped into the contest largely in response to Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law: SB1070.

Parraz tells CNN, "SB1070 and the right wing's infatuation with border security and deporting immigrants hasn't solved our problems, in fact that's made things worse. I'm interested in moving the state in the right direction when it comes to job creation, education and renewable energy."

He believes that McCain will be vulnerable in the general election because his new embrace of tough anti-illegal immigration policies will alienate the state's independent and Latino voters. Of McCain Parraz tells CNN, "Any time a four term incumbent has to spend more than twenty million dollars to get out of his own primary that's weakness."

There are three other Democrats in the race. They are former Tucson City Councilman Rodney Glassman, former investigative journalist John Dougherty, and former State Representative Cathy Eden. Glassman is considered the front runner in this contest but trails McCain in polls that present a head-to-head matchup.

Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Randy Parraz
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    AND the Democratic will win in November – not McSAME even more towards the far-right INSANE!!!

    August 24, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. George of the jungle

    sounds like the right kind of candidate. Anything but a repo

    August 24, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. Dennis

    There may be a Democratic race, but it doesn't matter who wins it.

    August 24, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. The reality is...

    Parraz tells CNN, "SB1070 and the right wing's infatuation with border security and deporting immigrants hasn't solved our problems, in fact that's made things worse..."

    Come on Parraz, made things worse for who? illegal immigrants? Guess what – all the laws we have in this country make it worse for whoever wants to participate in criminal activity. Get use to it! That's what we try to do here ( well, at least some of us) live by the law of the land.

    August 24, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. William Jefferson

    Whicever pubbie wins is in for a tight race. mccain has no real republicon support, and the tea bagger is as crazy as they get. So in a GENERAL election......that really leaves only one candidate for the sane voter in AZ, and it won't be the candidate with an R behind their name.

    August 24, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. Dee

    People are hurting and unemployed and John McCain is voting no for everything including unemployment compensation yet he can spend 20 million dollars on campaign ads also other GOPcandidates.

    That money could help a lot of folks in this country, non-profit agencies, food banks or other ways to help the people who are hurting.
    They continue to be the party of no and I believe in my heart that they are the reasons that the banks and small businesses are not spending and hiring trying to make this President look bad.

    How hypocritical of the GOP and John Boehner he should be ashamed to open his mouth they are obstructionist but I would ask that all of us hang in there things are going to get better. The President said it would get worse before it gets better and that is what is happening. Don't listen to the naysayers. We could be in a depression but he stopped that.


    August 24, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. aznatv

    Parraz doesn't have what it takes to beat McCain. His only focus has been to see how many latino votes he could get. I'm an hispanic and I find it insulting. He has no money to fight McCain. If he does happen to pull out the win, this hispanic and 7th generation Arizona native won't vote.

    August 24, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. barry

    Yes we have a Democrat in the race but it is highly unlikely.

    August 24, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. Don Wuerl

    I am sure that this will be an uphill battle for any Democrat taking on McCain in AZ. There are guarantees; but, a clean campaign may be what sane people need! Let's consult with Captain Obvious to be sure.

    August 24, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  10. poliguy06

    We love you Randy!

    August 25, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  11. Welcome to Obama's Banana Republic

    Oh dear God, Please not another community organizer.

    August 25, 2010 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    Screw you CNN for finally mentioning the Democrats' race only after the damn polls close. You guys are no longer a viable news source, you're as bad as Fox.

    August 25, 2010 05:46 am at 5:46 am |