Colorado gubernatorial election, Results by county of the gubernatorial election. Counties in purple went for Tancredo, counties in blue went for John Hickenlooperand counties in red went for Dan Maes. Darker shades indicate higher percentages of the vote.
As the longtime Republican senator lays the groundwork for a likely reelection bid, his political team is engaging in an aggressive and systematic campaign to reshape the state GOP apparatus by ridding it of conservative firebrands and replacing them with steadfast allies.
Story Continued Below The ambitious effort — detailed to POLITICO by nearly a dozen McCain operatives, donors, and friends — has stretched from office buildings in Alexandria, Virginia, where strategists plotted and fundraisers collected cash for a super PAC, to Vietnamese-American communities across Arizona, where recruiters sought out supporters eager to help the incumbent defeat the tea party.
Unseat conservative activists who hold obscure, but influential, local party offices. Republicans warm to Loretta Lynch Under the byzantine rules of Arizona Republican Party politics, these elected officials, known as precinct committeemen, vote for local party chairmen.
The chairmen, in turn, determine how state and local GOP funds are spent, which candidates are promoted in an election year, and which political issues are highlighted — all matters of central concern for McCain heading intowhen the threat of a primary looms.
They will have the power to vote down hostile Republican chairmen in each of their respective localities. Timothy Schwartz, the man who authored the McCain censure resolution. Earlier this month, Schwartz was ousted from his post as a GOP legislative district chairman by a group of newly elected precinct committeemen who voted in favor of a McCain-aligned candidate.
Another outspoken McCain detractor, A. During the height of the tea party movement inMcCain stared down a spirited primary challenge from J. Hayworth, a conservative former congressman. Many in the state expect the senator to face another primary challenge in Until this year, however, McCain aides had never seriously considered a concerted effort to remake the state GOP apparatus, which has traditionally been dominated by his conservative antagonists.
The largest checks, according to contribution reports, came from Gregory Maffei, a Colorado businessman, and Gregory Wendt, a San Francisco-based financial adviser, both longtime McCain donors. Out in Arizona, the McCain forces, led by Seaton, set out to find would-be candidates for the precinct committee positions, many of them citizens with little or no political experience.
They conferred with the establishment-aligned Chamber of Commerce and held recruitment house parties. More than 50 individuals of Vietnamese descent signed up to run for the precinct slots, and won.
During the summer-time run-up to the party elections, which were held at the same time as other primary contests across the state, voters received mailers and automated phone calls from the pro-McCain super PAC advertising the new precinct committee hopefuls.
In years past, these low profile races had mostly been uncontested affairs that drew only the most politically active conservatives — in other words, people generally hostile to the senator. The effort to overhaul the state party comes as McCain, 78, is making other preparations for a reelection campaign.
The day after the November midterm elections, he held a Phoenix meeting with top fundraisers that was attended by Michael Bidwill, the president of the Arizona Cardinals football franchise, and Bill Franke, the Frontier Airlines chairman. In Arizona, talk of a primary challenge to McCain persists.he attack took place in Houston, Texas, and the police are still searching for the suspect.
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