Hundreds of 'Arizona Republicans for Biden' signs have been stolen and vandalized across the state where poll shows Trump and Biden neck and neck

Kelly McLaughlin
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A sign supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hangs in the window of the Racine County Democratic Party office, during the largely virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC), in Racine, Wisconsin, U.S., August 19, 2020. <span class="copyright">REUTERS/Brian Snyder</span>
A sign supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hangs in the window of the Racine County Democratic Party office, during the largely virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC), in Racine, Wisconsin, U.S., August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
  • Several hundred "Arizona Republicans for Biden" signs have been damaged or stolen from lawns across the state in recent months, the group who displayed them said.

  • The signs had displayed by a political action committee called "Arizona Republicans Who Believe In Treating Others With Respect."

  • The group's president, Daniel Barker, a former Arizona Court of Appeals judge, told the Arizona Republic that his team had put up 1,000 signs, and they still don't know who's taking them down. 

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Hundreds of signs showing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden support from Republicans in the upcoming election were vandalized and stolen across Arizona in recent weeks, the group who displayed them says.

The signs, which say "Arizona Republicans for Biden," had been displayed by a political action committee called "Arizona Republicans Who Believe In Treating Others With Respect" over the last three months.

Daniel Barker, a former Arizona Court of Appeals judge and president of the committee, told the Arizona Republic that he and his team, which includes about 100 members, displayed more than 1,000 yard signs and seven electronic billboards in support of Biden.

But Barker told The Republic that at least a few hundred have been defaced or vandalized.

"The total lack of respect for the democratic process — that's what's so discouraging," Barker told the paper.

He said sings had gone missing and been vandalized in Gilbert, Scottsdale, Peoria, Tucson and Yuma.

In some instances, someone covered the signs with stickers that read: "Arizona Republicans for Trump-Pence, Keep America Great 2020." 

"It's hard," Barker told The Republic. "You spend your money on getting surveillance equipment or you spend your money on signs, and maybe we need to reevaluate."

Barker said his group has filed police reports, covered signs with Vaseline, and put up cameras to help prevent incidents.

A Gilbert police officer told The Republic that no suspects had been identified.

A new poll from Monmouth University released last week showed Biden and Trump neck and neck in Arizona six weeks out from the presidential election.

The poll showed Biden leading 48% to 44% among registered voters.

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