AP Projections: Democratic candidates win 5 of 9 AZ congressional races

PHOENIX (AP/KSAZ) -- According to projections by the Associated Press, Democratic candidates have won 5 of the state's 9 congressional districts.

District 1
The Associated Press is projecting Democratic candidate Tom O'Halleran to win the seat, defeating GOP candidate Wendy Rogers.

O'Halleran won the seat in 2016 after Ann Kirkpatrick left to wage a failed bid to defeat Republican Sen. John McCain.

The 1st District covers much of northeastern Arizona, including the Navajo Nation, and sweeps south through rural eastern Arizona.

District 2
The Associated Press is projecting Democratic candidate Ann Kirkpatrick to defeat GOP candidate Lea Marquez Peterson.

The seat was vacant after Republican Rep. Martha McSally decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by the retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. 

The swing district that takes in much of Democrat-heavy Tucson and more Republican areas of Cochise County was a key battleground in Democrats attempt to take back control of the U.S. House.

Kirkpatrick previously represented the 1st District during two separate stints in Congress.

District 3
The Associated Press is projecting Democratic candidate Raul Grijalva to win. According to the Secretary of State's website, Grijalva is running against GOP candidate Nicolas "Nick" Pierson.

District 4
The Associated Press is projecting GOP candidate Paul Gosar to win. According to the Secretary of State's website, Gosar is running against Democratic candidate David Brill, in a race that featured six of Gosar's siblings attacking their brother in an ad and endorsing Brill. 

District 5
The Associated Press is projecting GOP candidate Andy Biggs to win. According to the Secretary of State's website, Biggs is running against Democratic candidate Joan Greene.

District 6
The Associated Press is projecting GOP candidate David Schweikert to win. According to the Secretary of State's website, Schweikert is running against Democratic candidate Anita Malik.

District 7
The Associated Press is projecting Democratic candidate Ruben Gallego to win. According to the Secretary of State's website, Biggs is running against Green Party candidate Gary Swing. There is no GOP candidate in the race.

District 8
The Associated Press is projecting GOP candidate Debbie Lesko to win, defeating Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni.

District 9
The Associated Press is projecting Democratic candidate Greg Stanton to win. According to the Secretary of State's website, is running against GOP candidate Stephen L Ferrara.

Stanton resigned as mayor to run for the office after Democratic incumbent Kyrsten Sinema launched her run for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake.

Ferrera is a former Navy doctor who now works for the Veterans Affairs Administration.

The 9th District was drawn as a new district prior to the 2012 election and designed to be competitive, but Democrats have won every election since its creation. 

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