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Marquez Peterson wins GOP nod, Kirkpatrick wins CD2 Dem primary

One of the quietest races in Southern Arizona has turned out to be one of the closest, with Lea Marquez Peterson eking out a narrow lead over Brandon Martin in the CD 2 Republican primary. Among Democrats, Ann Kirkpatrick won the CD 2 race by more than 10 points.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

As goes Billy Kovacs, so go Pima Democrats

Billy Kovacs is going to lose. Billy Kovacs is the future of the Democratic Party in Southern Arizona. Reconciling those two truisms is the biggest challenge the party faces, here, statewide and nationally because they could use some new blood. ... Read more»6

El Chisme: CD2 race turns testy; Kovacs outstanding - in parking tickets

Actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson: Kirkpatrick drops a dick joke, Kovacs racks up tickets, Chew's puzzling stances & Arizona Dems have no idea what the southern part of our state looks like.... Read more»

Pima Dems disavow CD 2 candidate Yuksel after dismissive reaction to rape claim

In an unprecedented move, Pima County Democrats voted to cut all ties with congressional candidate Yahya Yuksel in the wake of what many have called his "outrageous" reaction to the surfacing of a rape allegation from a decade ago.... Read more»

Yuksel flees questions about rape claim, but won't quit CD 2 race

CD 2 candidate Yahya Yuksel held a press conference Sunday to call "false" allegations that he sexually assaulted an intoxicated girl when he was a teenager. He announced he was staying in the Democratic primary, and first ran from questions before returning — to again dodge answering.... Read more»2

Judge: Kirkpatrick to stay on ballot; petition challenge by Heinz fails

A judge ruled Tuesday that congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick can remain on the Democratic primary ballot, despite a challenge to her nominating petitions backed by opponent Matt Heinz.... Read more»

Heinz wants to boot Kirkpatrick off primary ballot over residence claims

A trio of Tucson-area Democrats is trying to narrow the CD 2 primary field by getting the apparent front-runner booted off the ballot. The suit challenging the nominating petitions filed by Ann Kirkpatrick is backed by candidate Matt Heinz.... Read more»1

CD 2 Democratic candidates to debate Thursday

Six Democratic congressional candidates will go head-to-head at a forum at Catalina High, moderated by TucsonSentinel.com Editor Dylan Smith, on Thursday, May 3.... Read more»

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Kirkpatrick falters after CD2 debate with self-inflicted owie

The five Not-Ann's focused on showing their own chops rather than trying to chop down Kirkpatrick. So she won for having emerged unscuffed. Then she scuffed herself ex post facto.... Read more»1

Democratic CD2 candidates look to stand out in crowded race

In a six-way race for the Democratic nomination for Arizona's CD 2, the candidates sought to distinguish themselves during a candidate forum in Sahuarita on Sunday, responding to questions from TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith.... Read more»

CD 2 Democratic candidates to debate

Six Democratic congressional candidates will go head-to-head at a forum moderated by TucsonSentinel.com Editor Dylan Smith on Sunday, Feb. 25.... Read more»

Marquez Peterson to run for CD 2 seat held by McSally

Lea Marquez Peterson will announce her run for Congress next week, with the Republican tossing her hat into a primary ring that's been all but vacated by sitting Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

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D.C. smart guys aside, McSally still a favorite if she faces Kirkpatrick ... if

When I predicted a tough race for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, I assumed Democrats would find a candidate from within 200 miles of the district. Sorry Charlie Cook, McSally is still a six-point favorite. Ann Kirkpatrick knocks just a point or two off the spread. ... Read more»3

Verdin out: And then there were ... still a number of CD2 candidates

Charlie Verdin announced Tuesday that he's pulling out of the crowded Democratic race to challenge U.S. Rep. Martha McSally next year, leaving at least five others still contending in the primary contest. ... Read more»

Matiella joins Dems seeking to challenge McSally

Although she's been lining up support for quite some time, former Assistant Army Secretary Mary Matiella has filed campaign paperwork and publicly announced that she's joining the jockeying field of Democrats looking to run against GOP Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»1

Taking pulse of crowded race, Heinz to again run for McSally's seat

Ensuring that there'll be even more than 5-7 Democrats vying in the primary race to challenge Rep. Martha McSally for Arizona's CD2 congressional seat, Matt Heinz isn't waiting any longer: the doctor and 2016 Democratic candidate announced Tuesday that he's back for another try.... Read more»1

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