Will voters be swayed by economic issues this election season?
William Flannigan and Thomas Hawthorne and Diana Payan, Arizona Republic
The economy is looking up, unemployment is down and that could play well for the incumbent Republicans seeking another term.
As he campaigns across the state, for example, Gov. Doug Ducey spends a lot of time playing up how his policies have helped create an business-friendly environment.
Wage growth is up, in large part due to the 2016 voter-approved minimum wage hike that Ducey and his allies opposed.
And Congressional candidates are talking about last year’s GOP tax cuts as often as they possibly can.
With consumer confidence up, home values up and finances up — and jobs relatively plentiful in Maricopa County — that bodes well for incumbents and the White House, said Arizona Republic business reporter Russ Wiles.
But Tucson and rural Arizona is still struggling. Tucson, for example, still has not recovered all of the jobs lost during the great recession.
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