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Dems, GOP craft 2nd District voter turnout strategies

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With Democratic enthusiasm surging, record-breaking turnout might come to Arizona’s Second Congressional District midterm election, said Ron Barber, a former holder of the seat.  “If that kind of energy continues, I think we’re going to have a different kind of midyear voter turnout,” Barber said. The seat is held by Rep. Martha McSally, who is running for U.S. Senate. Arizona’s Second Congressional District includes the eastside of Pima County and Cochise County, and is considered a battleground race.  Seven Democrats are campaigning for the seat: Ann Kirkpatrick, former member of the U.S. House; Billy Kovacs, local entrepreneur and co-founder of “Prep & Pastry”; Mary Matiella, former assistant secretary of the Army Financial Management and Comptroller; Bruce Wheeler, former member of the Arizona House of Representatives; Barbara Sherry, a rancher from McNeal; Matt Heinz, a physician at Tucson Medical Center...

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