ARIZONA NEWS

Thousands of Arizona voters drop Republican affiliation after Capitol riot

Feb 1, 2021, 4:45 AM | Updated: 10:23 am
(Pixabay Photo)...
(Pixabay Photo)
(Pixabay Photo)

PHOENIX – Thousands of Arizona GOP voters have switched their party affiliation since Jan. 6, according to data received from Arizona’s secretary of state.

Just over 3,300 voters changed their registration between Jan. 6 and Jan. 15, immediately after the planned insurrection at the United States’ Capitol as electoral college votes were counted by Congress.

From Jan. 13 to Jan. 24, a total of 4,356 changed their affiliation.

Political expert Emily Ryan, with Copper State Consulting, believes this is something that’s been building for a while.

“Your average self-selected conservative just doesn’t identify with a planned insurrection at the United States’ Capitol,” she said.

Ryan added some voters have left because they do not identify with state party chair Kelli Ward or untethered tweets from the state party’s official account.

“Not only do they not identify with it, they don’t want to be publicly associated with it,” she said.

Ryan forecasts the switch in party affiliation will also impact how politicians campaign in upcoming elections, explaining independents can no longer be taken for granted moderates.

“Political candidates of all persuasions are going to have to recognize that group of independents now contains some die-hard purest conservatives who don’t buy into the Trump agenda,” she said.

In an email to KTAR News 92.3 FM, Sophia Solis with the secretary of state’s office said “generally, there is a lot of shifting before and after elections.”

However, Solis clarified the data provided “is not exactly precise” because the date the party affiliation is changed in their system could be different from the date a voter submitted their registration form, which might not be processed for several days.

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

(ADOT Photo)...
Associated Press

1 person dead in wrong-way crash involving 4 vehicles in Phoenix

A wrong-way collision on a Phoenix freeway early Saturday involved four vehicles and killed the wrong-way driver..
14 hours ago
(Airbnb photo)...
Tom Kuebel

Airbnb names Phoenix family as top new hosts in Arizona

Owners of a Charming Coronado Casita with 123 ratings in its first year were named as the top new Airbnb hosts in Arizona.
14 hours ago
FILE - A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's hospital, Nov. 5, 2021, ...
KTAR.com

Arizona reports 3,655 new COVID-19 cases, 47 deaths on Saturday

Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 3,655 new COVID-19 cases and 47 deaths.
14 hours ago
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the...
Ken Colburn, Data Doctors

In need of Gmail storage space cleanup tips? Here are a few to get you started

If you haven’t done much in the past to keep the clutter from building up in your Gmail account, there are a number of places where you can free up valuable storage space.
14 hours ago
(Gilbert Police Department photo)...
KTAR.com

Gilbert Police Department hoping for leads in 1991 missing persons cold case

It's been more than 30 years since the disappearance of 23-ear-old Gilbert resident Lisa Jameson, and police are still hoping for tips that may lead to solving the case.
14 hours ago
(Facebook Photo)...
KTAR.com

ASU police wellness check turns into interstate effort to help lost elderly couple

Arizona State University police officers last weekend performed a wellness check that became an interstate effort to help a couple who authorities say were confused about where they were.
14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford offers cars and deals for all this holiday season

Sanderson Ford’s No! Vember Black Friday sale is giving an opportunity to purchase a new 2021 vehicle just in time for the holiday season.
...
ENVOQUE MD

Thyroid issues: Here are the warning signs and what to do

In a 100-person office in the United States, an estimated 12 co-workers, employees and loved ones, will likely develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. That’s because, according to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12% of the U.S. population will experience thyroid issues.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Why fall maintenance is important for your heating system and A/C

It’s easy to ignore your heater and air conditioner when they’re working but the moment something breaks, you will likely regret not keeping up with maintenance. After all, if something goes wrong, you may be stuck with a repair that will take longer and be more expensive than simple maintenance.
Thousands of Arizona voters drop Republican affiliation after Capitol riot