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McClung Awaiting Arizona’s Redistricting

Ruth McClung, a Arizona Republican challenger who came out of seemingly nowhere to give incumbent Democrat Raul Grijalva a much closer race than expected in 2010, says in an e-mail to supporters that she’s keeping her options open:

We have received hundreds of emails over the past weeks, and I wanted to get back to everyone and give you all an update as to what is going on in my life and my future in politics. I am considering running for office again, but at this point in time, I do not feel that I have enough information to make an informed decision because of re-districting. (We hear the first draft for re-districting will be out around June.)

I feel if I jump into any race at this point, including CD7, it would be like voting for a House bill before reading what is in it. I need to know the political landscape, at least in a general way, before making a decision. Also, I do not want to wastefully spend campaign money or peoples time by jumping into a race without the facts. We have even heard a few rumors since the election that Grijalva might retire?! As we would say in physics, everything is in a state of flux.

No, I am not running for Senator Kyl’s seat in 2012! Many thanks to all of you who thought I should or could!

I am slowly putting together another campaign team with many of our 2010 volunteer staff (Why change a great team!) and we are also interviewing some new people. Last time I ran against Representative Grijalva. Many people would say it was “David against Goliath.” Now, my campaign team and I know what it takes to win and are discussing strategies.

Obviously, that last paragraph suggests that another campaign for some office is more likely than not . . .

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