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Brophy running back Noah Pittenger (6) is tackled by Desert Vista's Steven Hartshorn-West (8) during the football game between Desert Vista and Brophy at Phoenix College's Hoy Stadium on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Republican and Democratic candidates for Arizona governor are making a final campaign push through the state as they try to seal a general election win and their parties pull out all the stops to get voters to the polls.
The efforts by Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal are being mirrored by other statewide and congressional candidates who hope that voters will back them in Tuesday's elections.
Democrats are focusing on get-out-the-vote efforts, trying to mobilize voters who are seen as generally less enthusiastic than their GOP counterparts in a midterm election year.
That includes Democratic state Rep. Ruben Gallego, who is facing only token opposition as he races toward an expected win in Congressional District 7 in south and west Phoenix. He's trying to help statewide candidates by using the campaign machine that propelled him to a victory in the primary in the heavily Democratic district to turn out voters.
"We've had 60 people going out every day for the last month and a half," Gallego said. "There's never been an operation like this in this district â but this district alone cannot turn the whole state." Gallego pointed to similar efforts by Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ann Kirkpatrick to get Democratic voters to the polls as well.
The state Democratic Party has more than 150 paid canvassers contacting voters and is hiring more for the final push, Executive Director DJ Quinlan said Friday. That's on top of 60 organizers who have been in the field for months.
Democrats are targeting unmarried women, younger people and minorities, especially Hispanics, who tend to vote in lower proportions.
Republicans are also pulling out all the stops, and if registered Republicans haven't returned their early ballot, they can expect a phone call this weekend from one of hundreds of volunteers working phone banks, said Tim Sifert, the state party's spokesman.
"We've got a massive statewide get-out-the-vote effort involving phone calls to voters who have not yet voted their early ballots as well as voters we are encouraging to go to the polls on Election Day," Sifert said. "Clearly the campaigns are in addition to that. We also have canvassers going door to door, where it's practical."
Democrats acknowledge that nationally the election is likely to favor Republicans, with the Senate possibly becoming majority Republican and the GOP gaining more House seats to strengthen its current majority. But they still like their chances for victories in stateside, congressional and legislative offices in Arizona.
"We feel like across the board we'll certainly win statewide - it's really a crapshoot which we'll win because the races are so close," Quinlan said. "But my fundamental point is, in a year when it really should be favoring Republicans I think we have a chance to win at every level."
Ducey plans stops in Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Coconino counties between Friday and Monday. DuVal plans 22 stops across metro Phoenix and in southern Arizona over the weekend. Both will be joined by other candidates for statewide office on many of the stops.
Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album alternative rock band Linkin Park took time out of their busy schedule between tour stops in Brazil and Switzerland to make a stopover in Phoenix on Oct. 25 to benefit something very close to lead singer Chester Bennington’s heart: kids in need from his hometown.
This and that from the great outdoors
PHOENIX (AP) — A 68-year-old hiker missing since Monday has been found dead in the White Tank Mountains, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced late Thursday.
The body of Cheryl Case was located Thursday, and foul play is not suspected, an MCSO spokesman said.
Detectives believe she got off the trail at some point and ended up on the west side of the mountain, where she succumbed to the elements in the desert mountain park.
A friend reported Case missing when she failed to return late Monday from a hike in the park.
Case had been visiting the Phoenix area from California. Her hometown was not immediately known.
Her car was found at a trailhead, and searchers used horses, tracking dogs, aircraft and all-terrain vehicles in their effort to locate her.
A two-year study to determine the feasibility of Interstate 11 – a corridor connecting Phoenix to Las Vegas and potentially Mexico to Canada – has been completed, according to officials with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
The small, white animals flood into Sharon Hampton’s living room in an instant. It’s Thursday morning at the Westie and Friends AZ Rescue dog shelter in Mesa.
One person has been killed in a two-vehicle accident in Gilbert.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states, including Arizona, and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday.
Gay marriage recently became legal in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The government's announcement follows the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear appeals from five states that sought to keep their marriage bans in place. It brings the total number of states with federal recognition of gay marriage to 32, plus the District of Columbia.
Couples married in these states will qualify for a range of federal benefits, including Social Security and veterans' benefits.
"With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving full equality for all Americans," Holder said.
The attorney general said the government is working "as quickly as possible" to make sure same-sex married couples in these states receive the "fullest array of benefits" that federal law allows.
The Justice Department also has determined that it can legally recognize gay marriages performed this summer in Indiana and Wisconsin after federal courts declared marriage bans in the states unconstitutional. Subsequent developments created confusion about the status of those unions, but Holder said the U.S. government will recognize the marriages.
Climate change and global warming are two things that seem to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. But John Purchase, a retired physicist and engineer, said not many people know what they’re talking about.
Desert Vista wide receiver Steven Hartshorn-West (8) grabs the ball from Corona tight end Elijiah Hassell (5) during the football game between Desert Vista and Corona del Sol at Desert Vista High School on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
Desert Vista wide receiver Steven Hartshorn-West (8) looks up at the referee after an attempted interception during the football game between Desert Vista and Corona del Sol at Desert Vista High School on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
Desert Vista earned just its third win this season on Friday, narrowly escaping with a 36-22 victory over the Corona del Sol Aztecs. For the Thunder, it's the team's second win in as many weeks.
A student at Williams Field High School in Gilbert recently was named a scholar from the National Merit Scholarship Program.