A contentious GOP primary may also open the door for Democrats to take advantage. "2012 just isn't going to be 2010 for Republican in the state," said Rose. Former state Democratic Party chair Jim Pederson (D), who ran against Kyl in '06, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon (D) and Democratic members of the state's Congressional delegation are some of the names being mentioned in state circles. But according to recent data from the Arizona's Secretary of State's office, the number of registered independents has eclipsed the number of registered Democrats in the state, illustrating the uphill climb Democrats still face in the predominately red state.
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