A two-term former congresswoman who only recently moved to the 2nd Congressional District has won the Democratic primary, bringing both strengths and weakness into her party’s bid to wrest control of the district from Republicans in November.
Ann Kirkpatrick moved to the Tucson-area district from the 1st Congressional District, where she has won general elections twice since 2009. She would seem to be favored to take the 2nd in November, as the national GOP has lately grown pessimistic about holding the district after Rep. Martha McSally retired to run for Senate.
But Kirkpatrick emerged from a nasty, crowded primary race that could prelude trouble for her this fall. Matt Heinz, a doctor and former state legislator who lost to McSally in 2016, refused to clear a path for Kirkpatrick, questioned her residency and recently compared her desire to return to Congress to “meth addiction.”