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Carmona Considering Ariz. Governor Run

Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Richard Carmona, left, laughs as former U.S. President Bill Clinton makes a point during a rally at Arizona State University Wednesday, Oct. 10(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

photo of Scott Bland
January 3, 2013

2012 Democratic Senate nominee and former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona is considering a 2014 gubernatorial bid in Arizona, he told the Arizona Capitol Times Wednesday.

Carmona told the newspaper that numerous donors and other supporters have contacted him to urge him to mount another statewide bid. From the Capitol Times:

“I’m being inundated by offers of support, of money, of organization, both from Washington and here in the state,” Carmona told the Arizona Capitol Times. “I’ve still got an open mind on everything. I never intended to run for Senate, but people all over suggested I give it a try. I don’t want to rule anything out right now, but I’ll just keep considering all my options.”

Carmona said he’ll need at least a few months to think about the race and isn’t sure when he’ll make a decision. Sources familiar with his plans said he will likely make a decision during the second quarter of 2013.

Carmona's considerations remain vague at this point, but the Democrats egging him on believe that he can improve on his 46 percent showing against GOP Sen.-elect Jeff Flake in November. But midterm turnout levels could be a substantial obstacle for Carmona (or any other Democrat who runs). According to exit polls, Carmona won 36 percent of white voters and 72 percent of Latinos in 2012. Those are virtually identical to 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry Goddard's exit poll numbers from the last midterm. But because Democratic-leaning minority groups turned out at lower rates in the midterm year, Goddard got blown away by GOP Gov. Jan Brewer.

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