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 KirkpatrickDem women rally behind Pelosi Arizona New Members 2019 14 House Dems vow to withhold Speaker votes over rule reforms MORE is heading back to Congress after defeating Republican Lea Marquez Peterson in the race to replace Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyElection Countdown: Florida fight ends with Scott, DeSantis wins | Dems see Sunbelt in play for 2020 | Trump to campaign in Mississippi ahead of runoff | GOP wipeout in Orange County | Ortiz Jones concedes in Texas House race Dem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 Reelection campaign starts now, like it or not 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.

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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.