Ann Kirkpatrick heading back to Congress as Dems pick up seat in Arizona

Ann Kirkpatrick heading back to Congress as Dems pick up seat in Arizona

Former Democratic Rep. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickArizona Dems ask DHS to appoint 'crisis coordinator' at border Democrats introduce bill to let 'Dreamers' work for Congress Push for ‘Medicare for all’ worries centrist Dems MORE is heading back to Congress after defeating Republican Lea Marquez Peterson in the race to replace Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyOvernight Defense: Trump officials say efforts to deter Iran are working | Trump taps new Air Force secretary | House panel passes defense bill that limits border wall funds Trump taps new Air Force secretary Bolton emerges as flashpoint in GOP debate on Iran MORE (R-Ariz.), who is running for the Senate.

Kirkpatrick, who was favored in the race, picks up a seat for Democrats in the 2nd district, located in the southeast corner of Arizona along the Mexican border.

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Kirkpatrick, 68, previously represented Arizona’s neighboring 1st district. A former state lawmaker and county prosecutor, Kirkpatrick first won that seat in 2008, lost it in the 2010 Tea Party wave election that swept Republicans into power, then reclaimed it in in the 2012 election.

She decided to challenge then-Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) in 2016 but lost by 13 percentage points.

Kirkpatrick takes over a congressional district that was previously represented by her friend, Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was forced to resign her seat in 2012 to recover from a near-fatal gunshot wound to the head a year earlier.