A Republican Majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is nearly secured [now secured] by two Arizona victories, as Republicans David Schweikert and political newcomer Juan Ciscomani locked up wins in their races, according to vote counts updated on Monday.
Schweikert defeated Democrat Jevin Hodge in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.
A six-term congressman, Schweikert is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He was the incumbent in Arizona’s 6th Congressional District, but was redistricted into the new, and much more competitive 1st District.
Ciscomani defeated former State Representative Kirsten Engel in CD 6.
An immigrant from Mexico, Ciscomani earned bipartisan praise for his work as director of Governor Doug Ducey’s Southern Arizona office, and as his Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs.
Representatives Paul Gosar (R-CD9), Andy Biggs (R-CD5), Debbie Lesko (R-CD8), Raul Grijalva (D-CD7) Greg Stanton (D-CD4), and Ruben Gallego (D-CD3) held their seats by wide margins.
At press time, Republicans had 214 confirmed seats, just 4 shy of the 218 required for control.