Arizona flips! Navajos contribute to historic shift

Arizona flips! Navajos contribute to historic shift

For only the second time in the last 70 years, Arizona voters went for the Democratic candidate for president, and Navajo voters contributed to the swing.

Apache, Navajo and Coconino counties, the three that overlap the Navajo Nation, went solidly for Joe Biden, with 73,954 votes compared to just 2,010 for incumbent President Donald Trump — a 97 percent turnout for Biden compared to 51 percent statewide. (Note: all the votes are not yet counted and all results listed are unofficial.)

Most experts, however, were attributing the swing to a large increase in the number of young Latinx voters in the southern part of the state. Voter participation in the three counties that include Navajo was up only four percent over the last presidential election in 2016 — but overall voter turnout in the state was actually down by nearly nine percentage points, which could reflect some disillusioned Republicans shying away from voting for Trump but not wanting to vote for Biden either.