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Democrat Pastor wins in redrawn 7th Congressional District

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Voters have elected U.S. Rep. Edward “Ed” Pastor, a Democrat, in the redrawn 7th Congressional District.

Cronkite News bases its projection on unofficial returns showing Pastor leading Libertarian opponent Joe Cobb by a wide margin.

Pastor, a native Arizonan and a former chemistry teacher, has served in Congress since 1992. The 7th District covers includes much of Pastor’s current district, including the downtown Phoenix and areas south and west of downtown.

Cobb is an economist and former college instructor.

Pastor was first elected to Congress in a 1991 special election to fill a seat vacated by Morris “Mo” Udall. With tonight’s win, Pastor has earned a 12th term.

Pastor serves on the powerful Appropriations Committee and promotes his ability to win federal projects and funding for Arizona.