Tucson elects first Latina mayor

Tucson elects first Latina mayor
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Former Tucson, Ariz., City Council member Regina Romero (D) was elected the city's mayor on Tuesday, becoming the first woman and first Latina to hold the office.

Romero won roughly 55 percent of the vote, according to Tucson's ABC affiliate. Independent Ed Ackerley trailed Romero with around 39 percent, and Green Party candidate Mike Cease brought in 3 percent. 

The former councilwoman beat out two other Democrats in the party's primary in August.

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Romero previously worked as the director of Latino engagement at the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson. 

While Tucson has long been seen as a stronghold for Democrats, Arizona has been more dominated by Republicans, though the state has been increasingly viewed as a battleground going into 2020. 

Arizona Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths MORE (R) is facing an uphill reelection bid in the state against retired astronaut Mark Kelly (D), who has outraised McSally three quarters in a row. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE could also face an uphill battle in the state. 

A New York Times-Siena College poll released on Monday showed Trump trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBudget official says he didn't know why military aid was delayed: report Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams' closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Bloomberg, Patrick take different approaches after late entries into primary race Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE (D-Mass.) in the state.