Profiles: Senate and congressional races

Here are key articles in the Star's pre-election coverage of the U.S. Senate race and the races for the three congressional seats in the Tucson area. The series continues through Oct. 3.

U.S. Senate candidates answer big questions

1) Can you name two specific things you will do in the U.S. Senate to spur job growth in Arizona?

Flake stands on his record as a conservative reformer

Flake stands on his record as a conservative reformer

Jeff Flake has a résumé custom-built for a modern-day U.S. senator from Arizona.

Carmona says life story gives him unique skill set

Carmona says life story gives him unique skill set

Richard Carmona has earned a host of distinguished titles - combat veteran, doctor, deputy, life-saver, hospital director and U.S. surgeon general - but he's hoping to add one more on Nov. 6.

Freedom is 'only' issue for Victor

Freedom is 'only' issue for Victor

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Marc Victor loves talking about freedom.

Richard Carmona on What do you say to independent voters?

Richard Carmona on What do you say to independent voters?

The Star invited Arizona's three U.S. Senate candidates to answer that question, based on the following background:

Jeff Flake on What do you say to independent voters?

Jeff Flake on What do you say to independent voters?

The Star invited Arizona's three U.S. Senate candidates to answer that question, based on the following background:

Marc Victor on What do you say to independent voters?

Marc Victor on What do you say to independent voters?

The Star invited Arizona's three U.S. Senate candidates to answer that question, based on the following background:

CD 1 race: Behind the images, a real person

CD 1 race: Behind the images, a real person

The caricatures are sharpening in Congressional District 1: Ann Kirkpatrick appears as a spendthrift Democrat who runs from constituents, while Jonathan Paton plays a captive of the payday-loan industry out of touch with the rural district.

Barber, McSally emphasize strengths to snag CD2 victory

Barber, McSally emphasize strengths to snag CD2 victory

Democrat Ron Barber made the jump from congressional aide to temporary fill-in congressman. But to complete the journey and claim a full term of his own he must first withstand a challenge from Republican Martha McSally - a former Air Force fighter pilot who has him in her sights.

2012 candidates Q&A

2012 candidates Q&A

Martha McSally (R)

Candidates' contrasts are plain in CD3

Candidates' contrasts are plain in CD3

The choice is stark in Congressional District 3. Liberal or conservative. Experience versus new blood.

2012 Q&A with CD3 candidates

2012 Q&A with CD3 candidates

Name two specific things you will do to spur job growth in Southern Arizona.

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