PHOENIX — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid reportedly thinks Hillary Clinton will not only campaign in Arizona this fall, but win the state in November’s general election.
Reid told Politico that he expects Clinton to campaign in both Georgia and Arizona — states that have been typically been seen as Republican strongholds — ahead of the November vote. He also believes she can win both.
The Nevada senator said, like Georgia, Clinton’s numbers in Arizona are trending in a positive way and he’s happy to see her fighting for states that have traditionally been out of Democratic hands.
However, Clinton Regional Campaign Director Miryam Lipper said the Democratic nominee does not have any upcoming Arizona trips, but is planning to open two campaign offices in Arizona — one in Phoenix and one in Tucson — in the coming days.
Should Clinton add an Arizona stop, she may be the first Democratic presidential nominee to campaign in Arizona since John Kerry did so in 2004, according to the Arizona Democratic Party. Kerry also debated incumbent President George Bush in Tempe that year.
The decision to boost campaign efforts in Arizona could pay off for Clinton. Some polls said she had a slight lead over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but most of those leads fell within the margin of error, whereas others gave Trump the edge.
But the Clinton family has a habit of making history with Arizona voters. Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, is the only Democrat to win the state in the general election since former President Harry Truman did so in the 1948 election.