Tucson-area Democratic voters appear to have re-elected state Reps. Rosanna Gabaldon, Randy Friese and Stefanie Mach, while Matt Kopec may be out.
In a hot Republican primary race for state House seats, election-night computer problems in Cochise County mean results were not available on Tuesday. night
Legislative District 9
Incumbent Friese and Democratic activist Pamela Powers Hannley were ahead of incumbent Matt Kopec in the Democratic primary.
Kopec was appointed to the job in In January by the Pima County Board of Supervisors after Victoria Steele resigned to run for Congress, beating out Powers Hannley for the position.
Friese said he’s looking forward to returning to the state House to “finish what he started.” He said he enjoyed meeting constituents on the campaign trail.
The two winners will be challenged by Republican Ana Henderson in the general election. She did not have a primary opponent.
Legislative District 10
Incumbent Mach and first-time candidates Kirsten Engel and Courtney Frogge were in a very tight race with no clear winners on election night, although Mach was ahead.
The winners of this race will face Republican candidate Todd Clodfelter, who was unopposed in the primary.
Legislative District 2
Incumbent Democrat Rosanna Gabaldon and Daniel Hernandez were ahead of Aaron Baumann in early results in the Democratic primary.
At an election-night party, Baumann said he is “incredibly proud of all the support” he received and said he will continue to serve no matter the outcome of the election.
The two Democratic winners will go up against incumbent Republican Chris Ackerley in the November election. He was unopposed in the primary.
Legislative District 14
In this crowded Republican primary race, results may not be available for days, until the Cochise County election problems are resolved.
The district includes parts of Pima, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties.
The race attracted four candidates seeking to fill the shoes of David Gowan and David Stevens.
They are Dennis Barger, Drew John, Becky Ann Nutt and Anthony Sizer.
The two winning Republicans will be on the ballot with Democrats Mike Holmes and Jason Lindstrom in the general election. The pair were unopposed in the primary.
Early voting in the general election begins in six weeks and Election Day is Nov. 8.
In three other districts with no primary challenges — 3, 4 and 11 — the race begins now.