Republican newcomer Terri Proud was in a tight race with the two incumbents for the Legislative District 26's two House seats, according to incomplete results Tuesday.
Proud, Democratic Rep. Nancy Young Wright and Republican Rep. Vic Williams are separated by only a few hundred votes.
Williams said he knew the race would be heated and isn't surprised to find himself in a close race. Proud, a gun-rights activist, ran on a platform of less government spending.
In the Senate, Republican Sen. Al Melvin is the apparent winner in his race against Democrat Cheryl Cage. This is the second time Melvin has defeated Cage in this northwest-side district.
In the District 25 Senate race an upset was in the making. Republican Gail Griffin, a former state representative, was leading incumbent Democratic Sen. Manuel Alvarez.
Both candidates listed border security as being a top priority during their campaign. Alvarez voted against SB 1070 while Griffin said the law is an important first step to securing the border.
In the race for the two House seats in District 25, incumbent Democrat Patricia Fleming was in danger of losing her seat.
Republicans Peggy Judd and incumbent David Stevens were leading Democrats Fleming and Ruben Ortega for the two seats.
In the rest of the area's legislative races, incumbents were generally leading. (See list below for results of area legislative races.)