When Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law SB-1070 passed, Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva did something only an arrogant politician who thought his re-election was guaranteed could do: he called for an economic boycott of his own state. Now it seems his rhetoric is coming back to haunt him.
Add Rep. Raul Grijalva to the growing list of Democratic worries this election season.
Party operatives say there’s increasing concern that the Arizona Democrat’s reelection bid could turn into a “sleeper” race for Republicans after Grijalva — responding to enactment of a tough new immigration law — called for an economic boycott of his own state amid a housing crisis and record unemployment.And a recent poll, obtained by POLITICO, found that Grijalva and Republican challenger Ruth McClung, a real-life rocket scientist, were in a dead heat, even though Washington prognosticators have declared the deep-blue seat safely Democratic.
One Democratic source familiar with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said there are “whispers” about the Grijalva-McClung matchup “being a sleeper race.”
CHC’s Building Our Leadership’s Diversity PAC “doesn’t normally give unless a candidate really needs it,” the source said. “[Grijalva] made a major misstep in calling for a boycott of his own state. He should win, though. But anything is possible this year, especially in Arizona where the Republicans and anti-incumbents are apparently very fired up.” (emphasis mine)
A recent poll by Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies found that among likely voters Grijalva is leading McClung 40 percent to 38 percent, well within the margin of error of 3.7 percentage points. Thirteen percent of those surveyed were undecided, while 9 percent backed other candidates. (emphasis mine)