Arizona Primary: Early Results For Congressional Districts

Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 9:19pm
Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 10:07am

1st Congressional District

Retired Air Force pilot Wendy Rogers has won a three-way Republican primary in Arizona's 1st Congressional District.

Rogers beat state Sen. Steve Smith and farmer-attorney Tiffany Shedd in Tuesday's primary.

The seat covers a large portion of Arizona, including the Navajo Nation, Flagstaff and suburbs north of Tucson. It was drawn to be competitive but has leaned Democrat since 2012.

Rogers spent 20 years in active duty and started a small business when she retired in 1996. She lives in Flagstaff.

She will face incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran in November. The one-term O'Halleran was unopposed in his primary.

2nd Congressional District

Ann Kirkpatrick has won a seven-way primary to become the Democratic nominee for a congressional district seat being vacated by Arizona Rep. Martha McSally.

Republican McSally is running for retiring Sen. Jeff Flake's seat.

The district covers the southeastern corner of Arizona from most of Tucson down to the U.S-Mexico border. It has almost an equal number of registered Democrats and Republicans. Democrats hope to flip the seat in their bid to take control of the House.

Kirkpatrick is a former congresswoman who represented a northern Arizona district and once ran for U.S. Senate. She'll face the winner of a four-way Republican primary in November.

Businesswoman Leah Marquez Peterson, who ran the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, was declared the winner of the GOP primary for Congressional District 2 late Tuesday. She expressed confidence earlier in the night, while narrowly leading.

"I’m feeling optimistic. I mean I know my team, myself, my family, we’ve put 110 percent into this. We’ve been knocking on doors and making phone calls throughout this entire campaign," she said.

3rd Congressional District

Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva secured the nomination for his 3rd District seat, which covers southwest Arizona and part of the state's second-largest city. Republican Nick Pierson beat Sergio Arellano and Edna San Miguel in the GOP primary.

4th Congressional District

David Brill has won the Democratic nomination for a western Arizona House district.

Brill beat Delina DiSanto and write-in candidate Ana Maria Perez in Tuesday's primary. He'll challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Paul Gosar, who is currently serving his fourth term. Gosar was unopposed in the primary.

Brill is a physician who spent 10 years working for the Veterans Administration, including seven years at the Prescott VA.

Arizona's 4th Congressional District is staunchly Republican The district covers the western part of Arizona and reaches into the central part of the state.

Haryaksha Gregor Knauer ran as a Green Party candidate.

5th Congressional District

In the heavily Republican 5th Congressional District, Rep. Andy Biggs had no primary opponent, and will face Democrat Joan Greene in November.

6th Congressional District

Anita Malik is the presumptive winner in the three-way Democratic primary in the 6th Congressional District. As she prepares to face off against four term Republican Congressman David Schweiker. Malik hopes her message resonates with Democrats and non-Democrats alike.

"I think what’s important to focus on is the Independent voters, the moderate Republicans those swing voters that are saying, "Look, this is not what we signed up for. We’re anti-corruption, we’re supporting education, we know that we need to keep our community safe.'"

A spokesperson for Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said the results will not be official until the Sept. 5 canvas.

7th Congressional District

Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat, beat a primary challenge from state Sen. Catherine Miranda for the 7th Congressional District covering parts of Phoenix. No Republicans are running in the Democrat-packed district.

8th Congressional District

In the 8th Congressional District, Rep. Debbie Lesko beat Sandra Dowling in the GOP primary. She'll have a rematch against Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, a doctor who lost to Lesko in a special election this spring.

Tiperneni came within about 5 percentage points of beating Lesko, a margin that was closer than many election watchers expected from the Republican-leaning district. The district covers western parts of suburban Phoenix

9th Congressional District

Steve Ferrara won a three-way primary to become the Republican nominee for an open Arizona House seat.

He beat recurring candidate Dave Giles and longtime resident Irina Baroness Von Behr in Tuesday's primary. The seat, Arizona's 9th Congressional District, is currently held by Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is running for U.S. Senate.

In November, he'll face off with former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who ran on the Democratic ticket unopposed.

Ferrara is a former Navy chief medical officer who spent more than two decades in the military. He's campaigned with a moderate approach, saying he wouldn't participate in the Freedom Caucus and focus on finding solutions.

The district covers parts of Phoenix and suburbs to the east. It went for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but it has more unaffiliated voters than Republicans or Democrats.

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