By Dianna M. Náñez
Valley pollster Michael O'Neil said Arizonans mirrored most national trends in voter sentiment but were more deeply concerned about illegal immigration.
They also showed their distrust of politicians by refusing to allow the Legislature to raid funding for early-childhood education and health and land-conservation programs.
On Tuesday, Arizona's electorate voted for a GOP sweep of statewide offices. That vote aligned with voters nationally who rejected many Democratic candidates as a symbol of their dissatisfaction with a Democrat-controlled Congress, President Barack Obama and federal health-care reform.