Peter O'Dowd

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8:54 am
Wed February 15, 2012

A Spark of Mormon Dissent in Romney Country

Karen Johnson is a Ron Paul supporter from Linden, Ariz.
Peter O'Dowd

Mitt Romney campaigned in Arizona this week ahead of the state’s Feb. 28 Republican presidential primary. Polls show Romney way ahead in Arizona.

That’s in part because of the state’s large Mormon population.

But there is dissent in a place you might not expect.

In Arizona's White Mountains, an isolated spot between two Indian reservations, Mormon pioneer roots run more than a century deep.

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4:02 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Obama's Visit May Signify a Shift in Arizona Politics

After tonight’s State of the Union Address, President Obama heads west to five states that will be key to his re-election next year. One of his first stops - Wednesday afternoon --  will be in the Phoenix area. In 2008, the president largely ignored the home turf of his opponent, John McCain. But as Peter O’Dowd reports, the political winds in this historically conservative state are swirling.

Call it volatility. Call it turmoil. Or just call it momentum. Whatever it is, President Obama, and a less famous guy named Mike Stauffer, want to build on it.

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