Republicans positioned to hold onto Arizona House

Arizona House Building

By Arren Kimbel-Sannit | Arizona Capitol Times

(Editor’s note: This most recent update occurred Nov. 4 at 10:50 a.m.)       

After hours of being behind, Republicans had gained momentum to edge out Democratic challengers in several key races in the state House with only late-early ballots remaining.  If those leads hold, the House will remain in Republican hands.

Democrats are hoping to take control of the chamber for the first time since the 1960s, especially after suffering under a tantalizingly tenuous 31-29 GOP majority last session. Central to this goal is a handful of Republican-held districts with changing electorates that seem primed to elect new leadership, especially with a highly motivating presidential race at the top of the ballot.

In each, single-shot Democratic candidates with tremendous resources are vying for open seats or challenging potentially weak incumbents. The party is hoping to take this strategy to the bank even in ruby-red districts in Scottsdale and southern Arizona, where not long ago fielding any kind of candidate would have come as a surprise. 

But only in Legislative District 20 has the tactic so far borne fruit.

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