Republicans Locked In Tight Race For 1st Congressional District

August 26, 2014

(Photo by Steve Shadley - KJZZ)
Andy Tobin, right, with supporter Don Tapia on Primary Election night.

Republicans vying for a chance to unseat Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in the 1st Congressional District are locked in a tight race.

The swing district stretches from Flagstaff to the Tucson suburbs. It's already attracting big money from national parties.

The lead has gone back and forth Tuesday between Springerville rancher Gary Kiehne and Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin. State Rep. Adam Kwasman is trailing in votes.

Tobin has said he's a proven leader.

Kwasman contends he's the most conservative of the group.

Kiehne has been outspent by both but argues that people in the vast district don't need to be represented by career politicians.

All three vowed to support whoever becomes the Republican nominee with the ultimate goal of beating Kirkpatrick in the November general election.