ARIZONA NEWS

Grant Woods: Tuesday’s election will say a lot about Arizona, country

Nov 6, 2018, 4:06 PM
Grant Woods gives a tribute during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at North Phoen...

Grant Woods gives a tribute during a memorial service for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)

PHOENIX — Voters across Arizona hit the polls for the first time on Tuesday since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016.

Many officials expect this election to demonstrate the impact of Trump’s first two years in office as Republicans aim to keep control of the House and Senate.

Grant Woods, the former attorney general for Arizona, said the interest in Tuesday’s election has been “unprecedented” and that the result will “say a lot about Arizona and a lot about the country.

“We haven’t seen in Arizona — or around the country — this much enthusiasm and interest in a midterm election,” Woods said.

“That’s all good. The reason for it isn’t necessarily good, in my view,” he added.

“I think it’s spurred on by what’s happened over the last two years in the country. It’s a combination of President (Donald) Trump and his behavior, in particular, and so many Republicans who have been willing to turn a blind eye to that behavior and just go along so they can stay in power.”

Woods said this is voters’ “first chance” to respond to Trump’s behavior over the past two years.

“This is consequential. We’ll see where Arizona stands and where the country stands,” Woods said.

Woods, a Republican, has said in the past that if he were to run for office again, he would not run as a Republican due to the divisive nature of the party, but said Tuesday that he would wait until the election to reconsider his party affiliation.

“I have said for a while here that I would wait this out and wait until the election — and now we’re here at the election, and we’ll see how that goes and I’ll have to make up my mind, what I’m going to do,” he said.

“If I run for office, I’ve made it pretty clear that I will not run as a Republican, I would run as an Independent or a Democrat,” he added.

“I am very interested in seeing what will happen tonight. I think it will say a lot about Arizona and a lot about the country, and a lot of people like myself have to make some decisions.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Dirt bike rider dies after collision with police vehicle on Phoenix street

A man riding a dirt bike that wasn't approved for street use died after a collision with a Phoenix police vehicle Wednesday evening, authorities said.
10 hours ago
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Funeral services for former Arizona AG Grant Woods set for Nov. 12

Funeral services for former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods have been set for Nov. 12 in Phoenix, the family said Thursday.
10 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo)...
KTAR.com

Bullet hits Arizona DPS trooper vehicle in El Mirage

Authorities said someone shot at an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper vehicle in metro Phoenix late Wednesday.
10 hours ago
(Chompie's Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Chompie’s deli set to open its largest restaurant near site of original Phoenix location

Chompie's is set to open its fifth, and largest, restaurant next week about a mile from where its original Phoenix location debuted in 1979.
10 hours ago
(Facebook photo/SOHO Scottsdale)...
KTAR.com

Asian-American fusion concept Buddha’s Ritual to debut in Scottsdale

The couple behind two Valley restaurants is set to debut a new Asian-American fusion concept in Scottsdale later this fall.
10 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Lowell Observatory)...
KTAR.com

Flagstaff Lowell Observatory to reopen general admission next month

Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff is set to reopen for general admission on Nov. 15 after a 20-month period where the facility was either closed or offered limited programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
PNC Bank

How one organization supports early childhood literacy for the most vulnerable

Nearly two out of every three children in low-income communities don’t own a single children’s book, a fact that ultimately could have profound impacts even before entering kindergarten, according to Arizona nonprofit Southwest Human Development.
...
Albertsons

Grill like a pro this fall with tips from Albertsons

As the weather cools and football season kicks off, it’s a great time to fire up the grill and enjoy your favorite outdoor meals.
...
BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

More stroke patients eligible for acute treatment, thanks to research

Historically, patients underwent acute stroke treatments according to strict time guidelines. But thanks to recent advancements in stroke research, more patients are becoming candidates for clot-busting drugs and endovascular therapy at specialized centers like Barrow Neurological Institute.
Grant Woods: Tuesday’s election will say a lot about Arizona, country