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Conservative GOPer announces challenge in vast CD 1

State Sen. Steve Smith, who represents Marana and Oro Valley as well as his home of Maricopa, is tossing his hat in the ring to seek the Republican nomination for Arizona's 1st Congressional District, which stretches from just north of Tucson all the way to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran won the seat last year. The Democrat beat out Paul Babeu, who resigned as Pinal County Sheriff to edge out a crowded Republican primary field. The seat was up for grabs in 2016, with Ann Kirkpatrick taking a run at unseating U.S. Sen. John McCain.

The Democrat lost, but Kirkpatrick's camp has floated the idea of her challenging U.S. Rep. Martha McSally in Southern Arizona's CD 2. Several other candidates — including former state legislator Bruce Wheeler, political novice Billy Kovacs, and former primary candidate Jeff Latas — have either announced or are testing the waters.

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