SCR 1016 was defeated in the Senate by way of a tie, because Arizona requires a majority vote in order for passage. According to Bryan Turner, Field Coordinator for The John Birch Society, the remarkable debate caused votes to be switched back and forth, depending upon which camp the senators were listening to — indicating that the lawmakers did not understand the consequences of a con-con. But Turner noted that only a small group of local members of The John Birch Society turned out in opposition. Eagle Forum, usually active in opposing con-con measures, was not represented in the hearings, nor was the expected Tea Party. In fact, the Tea Party in Arizona favors the idea of a con-con. And across the nation, Tea Partiers have proven to be less educated than JBS members had hoped on matters of the Constitution.
The small band of Birchers was solely responsible for mounting the opposition. Turner continued: