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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 KirkpatrickDemocrat O'Halleran wins reelection in Arizona House race Arizona Rep. Tom O'Halleran wins Democratic primary Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick wins Democratic primary MORE is heading back to Congress after defeating Republican Lea Marquez Peterson in the race to replace Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyTrump nominee's long road to Fed may be dead end McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol McSally's final floor speech: 'I gave it my all, and I left it all on the field' 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 McCainBiden eyeing Cindy McCain for UK ambassador position: report The Memo: GOP mulls its future after Trump Juan Williams: Obama's dire warnings about right-wing media 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.