Rep. Jeff Flakes Senate bid opens up a reliably Republican East Valley seat.
“I don’t see a way even through the redistricting process you make the East Valley not conservative Republican,” said Murray, a partner at Lincoln Strategy Group. “The question is who becomes the standard-bearer.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.