Arizona Primary Results: 1st District GOP Primary Too Close to Call
Posted at 12:09 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2014
Kirkpatrick, an Arizona Democrat, is one of the GOP's top targets in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The GOP primary remained too close to call Wednesday morning in the race to challenge vulnerable Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat, in Arizona’s 1st District.
State House Speaker Andy Tobin had 36 percent of the vote, while rancher Gary Kiehne trailed with 35 percent, according to The Associated Press. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, 291 votes separated the two Republicans.
State Rep. Adam Kwasman followed with 29 percent of the vote.
The eventual winner will face Kirkpatrick with little time to prepare for the general election. Kirkpatrick, who had an uncompetitive primary, spent the past 18 months stockpiling her fundraising and now has a $1.35 million in cash on hand.
Even so, this is hostile territory for any Democrat. Mitt Romney carried the district by 2 points in 2012.
The race is rated Tilts Democrat by The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox conceded the Democratic nomination to former state Rep. Ruben Gallego Tuesday night. Wilcox announced her concession over Twitter, prior to the Associated Press’ official call of the race for retiring Rep. Ed Pastor’s seat.
The campaign both ended and began on social media: Gallego announced his candidacy over Twitter just minutes after Pastor made his retirement announcement. Wilcox boasted endorsements from Pastor and EMILY’s List. It was a rough race, but Gallego ran a more organized campaign.
He had 48 percent of the vote at the time The Associated Press called the race.
Gallego’s primary victory over Wilcox all but seals his arrival in Congress. Arizona’s 7th District is rated Safe Democratic by The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers won the Republican nod to take on freshman Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, in November.
Rogers defeated former Arizona State University quarterback Andrew Walter with 59 percent of the vote at the time the AP called the race.
Rogers has substantial ground — and not much time — to make up to run a viable campaign against Sinema. The congresswoman had $900,000 in the bank, while Rogers reported $220,000 in cash on hand for the final stretch of the primary.
Rogers’ win is a victory for Project GROW, a Republican effort to guide female candidates through competitive primaries.
Sinema is a rising star in Democratic circles and spent her first term burnishing a centrist image. At the same time, neither Walter or Rogers received high praise in Washington for their campaign organizations.
Republicans in Washington, D.C., are increasingly discouraged about their prospects in this Tempe-based 9th District.
Arizona’s 9th District is rated Democrat Favored by The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
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