Ann Kirkpatrick

GOP Yanks Ad Spending for Marquez Peterson in Arizona
Vague debate answer on climate change drew crowd reactions

Former Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is running in Arizona’s 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will halt television ad spending in Arizona’s 2nd District days after the party’s candidate stumbled during a debate.

During the race’s only debate Tuesday, Lea Marquez Peterson drew guffaws for a vague answer on whether she believes in climate change, the Arizona Republic reported. Marquez Peterson trailed Democratic opponent, former U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, by 11 points in a recent New York Times/Siena College poll.

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Stivers Thinks House GOP Can Grow Number of Women but That’s Unlikely
Six GOP women aren’t running for re-election to the House

Republican Diane Harkey is running in California’s 49th District to succeed GOP Rep. Darrell Issa. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Despite a quarter of the women in the House Republican Conference not running for re-election, the head of the House GOP’s campaign arm said he is “very confident” the party can increase its female members in the chamber next year. 

But looking at the number of female GOP lawmakers leaving the House and how few Republican women won nominations in open seats this year, just breaking even might be hard for House Republicans. 

4 Takeaways From the Florida and Arizona Primaries
Progressives have a mixed night, while the DCCC has a good one

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., delivers her victory speech in Tempe on Tuesday night after she won the Republican nomination for Senate. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tuesday was the last multi-state primary night for the 2018 cycle, setting up the general election matchups in key competitive races in Florida and Arizona. With one notable exception, it was mostly a good night for front-runners. 

Here are our four takeaways:

Ex-Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s Comeback Bid Continues in Arizona
Former 1st District congresswoman wins primary in 2nd District

Former Arizona Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick won her primary on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick has won the Democratic primary in Arizona’s 2nd District, one of the top pickup opportunities for Democrats this fall.

Kirkpatrick, who previously represented the neighboring 1st District, had the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. But she still faced a bruising primary fight thanks to attacks from physician and former state Rep. Matt Heinz, the 2016 nominee. Heinz charged that Kirkpatrick was a carpetbagger who was not liberal enough on issues such as gun control.

Democratic Candidates Should Be Bolder on Gun Control, Poll Finds
“The center has shifted on this issue,” gun control advocate says

Students march to the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue to call on Congress to act on gun violence prevention during a national walkout on April 20 to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Gun control has been a third rail of Democratic campaigns, but a new poll suggests that Democratic candidates should embrace a bolder approach to restrictions on guns, even in general elections.

Up to this point, Democrats have been decidedly defensive on guns. The most famous instances of Democratic candidates using guns in television ads include West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III shooting the so-called cap-and-trade bill, former Georgia Rep. John Barrow talking about his granddaddy’s pistol and Missouri Senate candidate Jason Kander assembling a rifle blindfolded. The ads were meant to reassure voters that Democrats didn’t want to take away their guns.

Democratic Ads Show Gun Violence Remains Salient Primary Issue
Candidates in at least three different primaries are running TV ads on the issue

Democratic candidates are continuing to talk about gun violence ahead of their primaries. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A gun control activist won her Democratic primary in Georgia on Tuesday, and she’s not the only Democrat talking about gun violence on the campaign trail even though the issue has largely faded from the headlines.

Lucy McBath, a spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, won a runoff to take on GOP Rep. Karen Handel in the suburban Atlanta-based 6th District. And Democratic candidates in at least three different districts have spent their campaign funds on television ads focused on gun violence, bringing the issue to the forefront ahead of their primaries next month.

Judge Rules Ann Kirkpatrick Lives in Tucson, Can Stay on Primary Ballot
Arizona Democrat is seeking a comeback from 2nd District

Former Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is seeking a comeback from Arizona’s 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick does live in Tucson, a judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging her residency in the 2nd District. The lawsuit, financed by one of her Democratic primary opponents, had attempted to remove her from the primary ballot.

Former state Rep. Matt Heinz, the losing 2016 Democratic nominee for the seat, helped fund the lawsuit that alleged Kirkpatrick falsely claimed in campaign documents that she lived in Tucson. Candidates are not required to live in the districts they are running in, but the plaintiffs alleged Kirkpatrick violated state law that required candidates to accurately reflect their residency on nominating papers.

Ann Kirkpatrick Opponent Funding Lawsuit Challenging Her Residency
Lawsuit alleges ex-congresswoman falsely claimed she lives in southern Arizona

Democrat Matt Heinz is covering the legal costs of a lawsuit against former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick ahead of the 2nd District Democratic primary. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo).

House hopeful Matt Heinz is seeking to knock former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick off the Democratic primary ballot in Arizona’s 2nd District, funding a lawsuit that alleges she falsely claimed on her nominating papers that she lives in Tucson.

Heinz and Kirkpatrick are both vying for the Tucson-area open seat in southeastern Arizona that GOP Rep. Martha McSally is vacating to run for Senate.

Here’s What Tonight’s Arizona 8th Special Election Means for 2018
Race to replace Rep. Trent Franks in the 8th District is Tuesday

Voters in Arizona’s 8th District will choose between Republican Debbie Lesko and Democrat Hiral Tipirneni on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The special election in Arizona’s 8th District will set the stage for a hotly contested Senate race and a handful of competitive House races in the Grand Canyon State. And both parties are watching for indications of what’s to come in November.

More than 150,000 people have already voted in the contest to replace Republican Rep. Trent Franks, who resigned in December amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Democrats are hopeful they can make the race close even though President Donald Trump carried the suburban Phoenix-based district by 21 points in 2016. And Republicans know analysts will be looking at the outcome for signs of a potential blue wave.