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Updated Jun 26, 2012 - 7:10 am

Strategists see spin in action post-SB 1070 ruling

PHOENIX -- The leading political voices on the SB 1070 issue are as far apart on the spectrum as is possible, but both sides are declaring victory in Monday's Supreme Court ruling.

Valley political strategist Mike O'Neil knows spin when he hears it.

"If you have any opportunity to spin as a win, you," he told 92.3 KTAR. "And if you don't have a winner you can use spin to rally the troops and fight."

After watching and listening to the reaction to the Supreme Court decision, O'Neil thought Republican supporters of 1070 were having a harder time making their case.

Conservative political strategist Stan Barnes said both Democrats and Republicans can use the ruling against each other in the upcoming election. But no one knows how it will play with voters in the middle that will help them decide in toss-up races.

"That voter is trying to be detached and deal only in the facts because it's hard to determine from an outside view what has really transpired with the high court ruling."

Barnes said it's difficult to see a clear winner in this matter and maybe there isn't one.

"It is whatever you want it to be," he said.

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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.

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