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Plan to see attack ads during the Arizona governor race

It’s been about a week since the Arizona primary, which included deciding both party’s nominees for the governor’s office. Attack ads are already airing for this race, but so far, only for one side.

Both the Republican and Democratic Governors Associations see the Arizona governor’s race as a priority.

So far the RGA will spend at least $11 million in attack ads against Democratic nominee Katie Hobbs. Some attack ads aired even before the Republican nominee was determined in last week’s primary election. 

In the past, the RGA ran attack ads to help current Governor Doug Ducey when he was running. That freed his campaign to focus on advertising a positive image. Now he heads the RGA.

The DGA has not spent any money so far on attack ads for the Arizona gubernatorial race, but it has spent millions of dollars in ad reservations in other governor races in multiple states.

DGA spokesperson Christina Amestoy said it "views Arizona as one of our top pick-up opportunities in the country."


Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.