After tossing back and forth between turning red or blue, Arizona decided to stay red in 2016. Arizona’s red voting history continues, but over the past three months no one knew if it actually would. Some key events that happened during the presidential election looked as if Arizona would give Hillary Clinton its 11 electoral votes in the 2016 election. However, Donald Trump won over Arizonan voters with his Republican campaign.

Presidential Election

Republican nominee, Donald Trump took Arizona’s 11 electoral votes last Thursday. However, it was a tight race. They didn’t call the results until almost two days after the election. Trump beat Clinton by 4 percent of the vote.

Senate Election

John McCain won reelection in Arizona. This is interesting because McCain and Trump have been known to disagree with each other. During the 2016 election season, Trump discredited McCain’s military record and completely lost McCain’s support after Trump’s derogatory comments toward women in the leaked video with Billy Bush. However, after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, John McCain briefly congratulated the Republican nominee.


The legalization of recreational marijuana was on the 2016 ballot in Arizona, but it lost. Marijuana won in California, Massachusetts and Nevada but lost by 4 percent in Arizona because of strong efforts to deny its legalization by its proponents.

Minimum Wage

Arizona voters decided to raise its minimum wage from $8.05 to $12 by the year 2020. This proposition won by 18 percent making it seem well liked among voters.

Wrap Up

Arizona was interesting state to watch in the 2016 election because of the excitement that Hillary Clinton raised in the Grand Canyon State at the end of her campaign. In September, Arizona looked like any other historically red state, but by the end of October it could have swung blue. Arizona’s main newspaper, AZ Central, endorsed Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton for the first time in the newspaper’s 100 year history. Also, A-list Democratic surrogates visited the state in October, like Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders. Another highlight for the Clinton Campaign was Hillary Clinton’s decision to hold a rally in Arizona a week before election day.

Arizona looked like it could swing blue during this election season, but in the end decided to give Donald Trump its 11 electoral votes.

And that’s a wrap, Arizona.