Election 2008

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House Candidates Selected in Arizona Primaries

September 03, 2008 03:34 PM
by Lindsey Chapman
Arizona voters have chosen their top candidates to run for open House of Representatives seats in November.

House of Representatives Races

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In Arizona’s 1st District, State Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick won the Democratic primary against three other challengers. Ariz. Mining President Sidney Hay also beat out three other candidates to win the Republican primary for this district.

According to The Hill, Kirkpatrick’s fundraising opportunities gave her a significant advantage in the House race. She had earned slightly less than $1.8 million through the end of August, and reported $440,000 in cash on hand to use for campaigning against Hay. Hay, on the other hand, raised $350,000 through the end of August, but had just $105,000 in cash on hand to continue with her campaign.

Political analysts believe Kirkpatrick could have an advantage over Hay because of troubles facing Rep. Rick Renzi, a Republican who was indicted on charges that he conducted a land swap that benefited himself and a former business partner, and stole from clients of his family-owned insurance company to finance his first campaign. Renzi, who has been in office since 2002, said he won’t resign because he’s innocent of wrongdoing. He is not running for reelection, however, which political analysts said made this race one of the most competitive in the country.

In Arizona’s 5th District, David Schweikert, a former treasurer in Maricopa County, won a close six-way primary for the Republican nomination. Rep. Harry Mitchell, who has only completed one term in the House of Representatives, earned the Democratic nomination. Schweikert also has less money to work with in his campaign than his challenger.

The Hill noted that the Cook Political Report has labeled both the 1st and 5th District races as “lean Democratic.”

An election will also take place in Arizona’s 8th District, but the candidates, Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and state Sen. Tim Bee, did not have a primary challenge.

State Senate Race

In Arizona’s state Senate race, Republican Russell Pearce defeated attorney Kevin Gibbons to win the nomination for his party. Pearce already served four terms in Arizona’s House of Representatives, keeping him from running for reelection in that office. Pearce garnered national attention for his fight against illegal immigration.

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