2020 Election Results: Arizona Congressional Races
Arizona voters returned some U.S. House incumbents to office by wide margins on Tuesday. But other seats including several very competitive races were too early to call with not enough votes counted.
As of Wednesday morning, Democratic incumbent Tom O'Halleran was leading Republican challenger Tiffany Shedd by more than 13,000 votes.
Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick was reelected to represent Congressional District 2 on Tuesday night.
Kirkpatrick was ahead by 20 percentage points when the Associated Press declared her the winner. But she was cautious.
Her opponent Brandon Martin was a military veteran whose top concern was preserving the 2nd Amendment. Kirkpatrick called attention to her battle against alcohol addiction last year. She says her focus up to now was locking in this race.
"I haven’t even thought about tomorrow honestly. We have been so focused on winning this race," Kirkpatrick said.
The district encompasses Cochise County and a significant portion of Tucson.
AP predicts Democrat Raul Grijalva wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona's 3rd Congressional District, beating challenger Daniel Woods.
AP predicts Republican Paul Gosar wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona's 4th Congressional District, beating Democratic challenger Delina DiSanto.
AP predicts Republican Andy Biggs wins reelection to U.S. House in Arizona's 5th Congressional District, beating Joan Greene.
The race for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District remains too close to call between Republican incumbent David Schweikert and Democrat Hiral Tipirneni.
Speaking on Facebook Live late Tuesday night, Tiperneni said she was proud of her slight lead but that it’s important to wait until all the votes are in.
“Back in 2018, right, it took several days for several of our now-elected officials to be able to declare victory, and that just means that we have to be patient and we have to wait until every ballot is counted," said Tiperneni.
Her lead disappeared on Wednesday night after a new batch of ballots processed. Despite an investigation for campaign finance violations that resulted in a reprimand, Schweikert is leading by nearly 3,000 votes as he seeks his sixth term in Congress.
Tipirneni ended her message with a special thank you to Republicans and Independents for crossing party lines, saying the whole point of politics is to build a broad coalition of support.
Democrat Ruben Gallego has won another term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona’s 7th Congressional District. The AP is projecting his win over Republican challenger Josh Barnett.
Gallego says Congress’ number one priority going forward should be passing another coronavirus stimulus package.
“To make sure that we pump money into the system to keep our small businesses open, keep people from getting evicted, keep people from losing their jobs. Everything we can do, we need to do it over the next two months because if we don’t, it’s going to be damaging," said Gallego.
Gallego says he will also focus efforts toward bipartisan immigration reform that creates “a safe, equal and predictable border” and takes undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows.”
Republican Debbie Lesko won reelection to the U.S. House in Arizona's 8th Congressional District, beating Democrat Michael Muscato.
Lesko ran with issues including jobs, the economy and national defense in mind — and released a prepared statement after the victory announcement.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank God. I would also like to thank the voters who have, once again, given me the opportunity to represent them in Congress. It is the honor of a lifetime to serve the Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. I look forward to fight every day for the people of the north and West Valley.”
Lesko took office in 2018 in the state’s special election. She was voted into full term later that year. Lesko’s competitor, former professional baseball player and video director Michael Muscato opened a small business in the 8th Congressional District, where he grew up. Muscato worked with issues like gun violence, health care and the environment in mind.
U.S. Congressman Greg Stanton won a second term in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District on Tuesday night, easily defeating Republican challenger Dave Giles.
Stanton campaigned on supporting the district with coronavirus relief and defeating President Donald Trump.
Before Congress, Stanton served as mayor of Phoenix — where he’s credited with getting funding to expand city projects including light rail and water infrastructure.
“We work really hard across the aisle to get things done. We focus in on trade. We focus in on infrastructure. We focus in on immigration and immigration reform. Those are the things that are very important to my district and the people of Arizona," said Stanton.
Stanton said if President Trump wins reelection, he will work across the aisle to get legislation pushed forward. He said that includes more pandemic-related relief.