There was only one thought on your Curmudgeon’s mind when he awoke this morning: What happened in Arizona?
As you recall, there was a primary election in that state yesterday, in which each party was going to choose its candidate to run for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. The last time we wrote about the situation was a month ago — see Arizona Education Candidates, Many Creationists.
The current holder of that office is Diane Douglas. She’s a flaming creationist, as are most of her staff. She’s one of the candidates this time around, but she’s being challenged by four other Republicans. All but one of the challengers said they believe Arizona students should be taught creationism and intelligent design as part of science learning requirements. The only sane Republican candidate was Jonathan Gelbart. The two Democrats seeking their party’s nomination are both sane on the creationism issue.
Okay, that’s the background. Now you’re all wondering: What happened in yesterday’s election?
The latest news we could find appears in The Arizona Republic, published in Phoenix, Arizona, the state capital. Their headline is 5 key takeaways from Arizona’s primary election. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
In the state superintendent of schools race, incumbent Diane Douglas appeared to be on her way out. Douglas’ early clashes with Gov. Doug Ducey over who would lead education policy, as well as her inability to cultivate public approval, made her vulnerable in a five-candidate GOP field that pitted her against four men.
That doesn’t tell us much. Another article in the same newspaper: Diane Douglas behind in state superintendent race; Dems in dead heat says:
Both the Republican and Democratic races were still too close to call Tuesday night. Early voting results showed two Republican candidates — Bob Branch and Frank Riggs [both creationists] — ahead of Douglas in what was the most crowded ballot this election. Those results also showed Kathy Hoffman ahead of David Schapira for the Democratic nomination for state schools superintendent.
That’s all the news so far. Here’s the website of Arizona Secretary of State where the election results are posted — as they become available. You’ll have to click on “State” at the top of that page to get to the race that interests us, and then click on “view more.” So far, the results are too preliminary to make any predictions.
It doesn’t matter to us which Democrat wins, because neither is a creationist. But Jonathan Gelbart, the lone Republican candidate who isn’t a creationist, appears to be behind the other GOP candidates.
We’ll be checking for later results from time to time, so stay tuned to this blog!
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