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Grijalva Returns to Washington DC for a 6th Term

Nov. 8, 2012

Becky Pallack and Tony Davis

 Raul Grijalva

Rep. Raul Grijalva has won a sixth term in Congress in the new Congressional District 3.

"We established that you can't win in this district with anti-immigrant rhetoric and right-wing craziness. The only people putting solutions on the table are the Democratic Party," he said in a speech to supporters last night.

He's back to winning by a wide margin after winning narrowly in 2010 with 50 percent of the votes. "We started earlier; we realized that we had to be much more aggressive and stick to our themes: education, immigration reform," Grijalva said.

His opponent was conservative Republican activist Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, who opened most of her public speeches by saying, "I am not a career politician, and I don't intend to become one."

Voters didn't give her a chance to even start a career in politics, giving her 38 percent of the votes. She was optimistic early in the evening Tuesday, telling supporters "the biggest thing would be for me to retire Grijalva tonight." With early ballots and 50 percent of precincts counted late Tuesday, she wasn't acknowledging Grijalva's lead.

She had an uphill climb from the start. About 43 percent of voters in the new Congressional District 3 are registered Democrats, and Grijalva raised more than three times as much money as she did.

Libertarian Blanca Guerra received 4 percent. It was her first time running for office, and she said she doesn't plan to run again.

District 3 includes downtown Tucson, the university area, west-side and south-side neighborhoods, Santa Cruz County and parts of three other counties.

Arizona Daily Star apprentice Ashley Grove contributed to this report.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

Source: (c) 2012 The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.)

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