Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, which covers most of the state’s territory east of Phoenix, has proven itself as a highly marginal political region that tends to lean slightly Democratic in congressional races but favors Republicans in the presidential contest. Second-term Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Sedona) won a 54-46% re-election victory against frequent Republican candidate Wendy Rogers last November, but the race appeared to be more competitive than the final vote count indicated.
Over the weekend, Mr. O’Halleran, who served in the state legislature as a Republican, announced that he will seek re-election in 2020. Republicans will be expected to mount a serious challenge here. Already, however, former Flagstaff City Council member Eva Putzova has announced a Democratic primary challenge, which likely prompted the Congressman to declare his future political intentions now.
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