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Democrat Felecia Rotellini officially conceded to Republican Mark Brnovich in the race to become Arizona’s next attorney general.
A Sierra Vista Republican will become the first House speaker from Southern Arizona in a quarter century.
PHOENIX -- A Sierra Vista Republican will become the first House speaker from Southern Arizona in a quarter century.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Republicans who control the Arizona Legislature are meeting to elect new leaders as they appeared poised to gain seats and boost their majority.
PHOENIX (AP) — Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin has conceded defeat in his bid to unseat Democrat Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.
Tobin says he called Kirkpatrick on Wednesday morning to offer his congratulations.
Kirkpatrick's lead widened overnight. On Wednesday morning, she held a nearly 7-point advantage over Tobin.
The race attracted attention and spending from the national parties as Kirkpatrick was viewed as a vulnerable Democrat.
Kirkpatrick is a former state lawmaker who has had a bumpy ride as a member of Congress.
She was first elected in 2008, lost in 2010 in midterm races and returned to Congress in 2012.
The district spans from Flagstaff to the northern Tucson suburbs.
Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin speaks to Republican supporters at a campaign stop Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)
PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Ron Barber jumped out to early leads in their congressional districts after being targeted by national Republicans and outside groups during the campaign.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — In many ways, this year's congressional races in Arizona feel like deja vu. The state is again host to some of the nation's most closely watched contests.
One race features a rematch between the same two candidates from the 2012 election. Another race has Democrat Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick fighting to keep her job in a vast swing district, a replay of the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.
All of Arizona's nine congressional seats are being voted on in Tuesday's election, but the races attracting most of the attention are the 1st and 2nd Congressional District contests.
Democratic Rep. Ron Barber and Republican Martha McSally are battling again for the Tucson-area 2nd District, while Kirkpatrick is squaring off against former Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, a Republican, in the other race.
Voters have been bombarded with ads as the candidates and outside groups are spending millions to influence the outcome.
In one, McSally mocks Barber's attacks on her, using an actor to facetiously accuse her of disliking puppies. The ad closes in on McSally holding a puppy. "Watch it," she tells the actor.
An ad that featured a crying mother whose daughter had been killed by her stalker accused McSally of supporting gun rights for misdemeanor-convicted stalkers.
It was sponsored by Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly. McSally denounced the ad and said she'd been a victim of stalking herself.
Americans for Responsible Solutions then pulled it, saying McSally had reversed her initial position. The group later aired another ad featuring Giffords praising Barber.
Giffords and the issue of gun control have been prominent in the race for the district in which six were killed and 13 were injured in the January 2011 mass shooting at a constituent event.
Giffords and Barber, then an aide for the congresswoman, were wounded in the attack.
"I'm hearing (voters) are looking forward to seeing an advertisement from a car dealership soon because they're just so sick of the political ads," said Barbara Lubin, the spokeswoman for the Arizona Democratic Party.
"It remains to be seen how much extra additional spending adds to either the turnout of the overall voters or really changes the results," Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert said.
In the 1st Congressional District, Kirkpatrick is fighting a tough battle with the well-known Tobin to keep her seat.
Kirkpatrick won the seat against Republican Jonathan Paton by only a few thousand votes last time around. That was after she'd lost it in 2010 to another conservative Republican.
But Tobin was late to the game after a hard-fought, three-way battle in the Republican primary.
In Maricopa County, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is facing challenger Wendy Rogers, a Republican who lost in the GOP primary in 2012 in the district.
Sinema has raised much more money than Rogers, a retired Air Force officer who has refused to publicly debate the incumbent. Democrats are confident Sinema will win, but Republicans are hoping anti-Democratic sentiment on Tuesday will give them a chance to pick up a seat.
Arizona has six other congressional districts that are holding elections Tuesday:
3rd District: Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva is facing off with Republican Gabriela Saucedo Mercer. Grijalva has held that seat for six terms and is likely to win a seventh.
4th District: Republican Rep. Paul Gosar will also likely keep his seat, which encompasses rural areas west and northwest of Phoenix. His opponent is Democrat Mikel Weisser.
5th District: The district spans from Gilbert to Chandler to parts of Mesa. Republican Matt Salmon won the seat in 2012 and is facing Democrat James Woods this year.
6th District: Republican David Schweikert holds the seat that includes parts of Maricopa County and the southeastern Phoenix suburbs. Schweikert is running again, this time against Democrat John W. Williamson.
7th District: Ruben Gallego, a Democrat, is the heavy favorite for the seat vacated by the retirement of longtime Rep. Ed Pastor. Gallego is a Harvard-educated, Iraq War veteran from a single-parent home who was the first in his family to graduate from college. He won the August primary, easily putting him on track to win Tuesday in the heavily Democratic district.
8th District: Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican, represents this district northwest of Phoenix. He is challenged by Stephen Dolgos, a Democrat.
Republican congressional challenger Andy Tobin blamed incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick Wednesday for everything from higher health care premiums to the problems in the Veterans Administration health care system.
State House Speaker Andy Tobin and incumbent Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick face off Wednesday at KAET-TV with host Ted Simons. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
Republicans may try to block independents from participating in future party primaries after their turnout in last month's election — close to one vote out of every seven — may have affected some races.
Streets across Ahwatukee experienced massive flooding Monday morning, while some schools in the area closed for the day or saw delays due to adverse weather.
House Speaker Andy Tobin will carry the Republican banner in the race to oust Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick from Congress.
Electing a replacement for Republican Gov. Jan Brewer tops the list of items to watch in Arizona's November general election. Voters also will choose a new secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer and top schools official.
Lost in all the big statewide races in Arizona's primary election are hard-fought congressional battles in which Democrats are trying to clinch a Phoenix-area seat and Republicans are vying for the chance to unseat Democratic incumbents in three districts.
Congressional hopeful Adam Kwasman formally disclosed Thursday he has a type of blood cancer but denied the timing of his press conference is political.
The U.S. Supreme Court could announce at its first public session of the year in October whether state lawmakers will get to redraw Arizona's congressional lines.
The three Republican candidates for Congress from District 1 each insisted Monday night he is more conservative than the other — and the only one who can oust Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick.
Gary Kiene, Andy Tobin and Adam Kwasman, candidates for the state's 1st Congressional District, debate Monday night at KAET-TV with host Ted Simons in the center. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
Gary Kiehne, Andy Tobin and Adam Kwasman, candidates for the state's 1st Congressional District, debate Monday night at KAET-TV with host Ted Simons in the center. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
House Speaker Andy Tobin and Charles Flanagan, director of the new Department of Child Safety, cheer Gov. Jan Brewer for signing legislation to create the agency and boost funding. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
Top legislative leaders are telling Gov. Jan Brewer she can have the money she wants for child welfare — but not all at once.
More than 140,000 of the state's long-term unemployed could eventually find themselves without health insurance.
McClintock junior leadoff hitter Andi Blodgett led the Chargers, going 4 for 4 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and two RBI as McClintock broke it open late against Mesa High.