Arizona stayed red in this year’s presidential vote. It is, after all, John McCain’s home state.
But like southern California, Arizona has been shifting steadily from red to blue as urban areas — especially Tucson, which went for Obama — and Hispanics increase their population shares. McCain won the state only 54% to 45%. And five of Arizona’s eight House members will now be Democrats, up from one of six during the 1990s and two of eight in the early 2000s.