The general election in Arizona's huge new Congressional District 1 will pit a Southern Arizona Republican against a Northern Arizona Democrat.
Longtime Tucson-area politician Jonathan Paton won the Republican nomination. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Paton had 71 percent of the vote, comfortably topping his nearest opponent, Gaither Martin, who had 22 percent.
Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick also won handily over her opponent, Wenona Benally Baldenegro. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Kirkpatrick had 64 percent of the vote to Baldenegro's 36 percent.
The wins by the two heavyweights in their respective races set up a match sure to attract national attention. The Republican and Democratic national congressional campaign committees are poised to pour donations into the race, and outside groups may also spend heavily in the district.
The general election also will offer a chance at redemption for two candidates who lost congressional races in 2010. Kirkpatrick, who served one term in the U.S. House, lost her re-election campaign to Republican Paul Gosar. Paton ran for the Republican nomination in Congressional District 8, a district that included much of Southeastern Arizona, but he lost to Jesse Kelly.
At an election-night party in a Marana pizzeria, Paton said he learned from that loss.
This time, Paton said, "We got in early. We really worked to start meeting with all the different parts of our party. We sought to unify our party in a way I didn't do last time. I think it paid off in a big way."
In Flagstaff, Kirkpatrick said she will work to attract voters from Southern Arizona as well as her neck of the district.
"We will be all over the district, just as we have been, continuing to do that, talking with them about my economic vision for the district, which is a diversified, sustainable economy that includes emerging technologies, that includes protecting our natural resources, that includes educating our children and protecting our seniors."
Board of supervisors
In the District 1 Pima County Board of Supervisors race, Republican Ally Miller received the most votes among the four candidates seeking the Republican nomination to fill retiring Supervisor Ann Day's seat.
Miller will face Democrat Nancy Young Wright in the general election this November.
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