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Franks wins in 8th Congressional District, will serve sixth term

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Voters have elected Republican Trent Franks to a sixth term.

Cronkite News bases its projection on unofficial returns showing Franks winning by a wide margin in the 8th Congressional District, which covers suburbs north and west of Phoenix.

Franks faced Democrat Gene Scharer, a former teacher and truck driver, and third-party candidate Stephen Dolgos, an insurance agent.

Franks ran in a district redrawn according to the 2010 Census but still heavily Republican.

His accomplishments in Congress include helping bring the new F-35 fighter Luke Air Force Base.