Arizona Election Results 2012: Flake tops Carmona for Senate seat; Barber appears to lose Giffords’s former House seat; Salmon tops Morgan in House race
Here is a summary of the election results in Arizona:
Romney won Arizona. Four years ago, the Obama campaign had largely ignored the Grand Canyon state because it was Sen. John McCain’s home. But this year it believed that Arizona’s surging Latino population, combined with a strong Democratic nominee for Senate, would put the state’s 11 electoral votes in play. Still, since 1952, Arizona has gone with the GOP candidate in every presidential election except 1996 — and, even then, Bill Clinton won the state with only 46.5 percent of the vote.
The open-seat race to succeed retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R) was one of this year’s unexpectedly close contests, with Rep. Jeff Flake, a six-term GOP congressman topping Democrat Richard Carmona, according to a projection by The Post. Democrats had hoped that Carmona, who was surgeon general under President George W. Bush, would be able to ride to victory on a wave of support from Latinos and independents. But Rep. Flake worked hard to link Carmona to Obama, who remains unpopular in the state.
Matt Salmon (R), as expected, sailed to victory over Democrat Spencer Morgan in the race to succeed Flake in the 5th District, according to the AP. Salmon thus regained a congressional seat he first won in 1994 and left in 2000, to honor a campaign pledge not to serve more than three terms.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick was leading Republican Jonathan Paton in the open 1st District. Kirkpatrick is seeking to reclaim the congressional seat she held for one term and lost in 2010.
In the newly drawn 2nd District, Rep. Ron Barber (D), who was an aide to former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and was among those wounded in last year’s shootings in Tucson, trailed Republican challenger Martha McSally by a mere 386 votes with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting in the new 9th District, the race between former state senator Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Vernon Parker was tight, with Sinema leading by just over 2,000 votes.
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