U.S. election

The Desert Uprising

Arizona lies on the Mexican border, along which Donald Trump wants to build a large anti-immigrant wall.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Losses of historically solid conservative states in this year’s U.S. presidential election could weaken the Republican Party for years to come.

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    • Republican nominees have won in Arizona in the last four presidential elections. The next election is on November 8.
    • The state, which borders Mexico, has become a battleground as Latino voters campaign against Mr. Trump’s immigration policies.
    • As of Tuesday, the New York Times’ analysis of national polling numbers gives Ms. Clinton a 92-percent chance of winning the presidency.
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The city of Phoenix, located in the middle of the Arizona desert, is expanding. Every year, its periphery moves outward, pushing its way past the mountain ridges that once served as a natural barrier.

The Salt River Valley near the Mexican border once epitomized the Wild West and the American frontier. Today, it hosts an expanding metropolis. Not long ago, Phoenix had been voted the worst city in the United States. To many, it represented a lack of culture and imagination, devoid of definable attributes, except for population growth.

That might be why Phoenix, of all places, is where the future of the United States could be decided — a future that teeters between openness and isolationism; between absorbing political and demographic challenges or glorifying the past; between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Rarely has there been so much on the line during a presidential election. The battle for the White House appears to be nothing less than a battle for the soul of a nation. And in Phoenix, it’s palpable.

Phoenix resident Tony Navarrete considers himself ideologically armed and politically dangerous, toting voter registration forms through Phoenix with small, mobile strike forces. Their approach, which he describes as a “guerilla” tactic, is house-by-house, street-by-street.

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