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Schweikert wins election in redrawn 6th Congressional District

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Voters have elected U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, a Republican, in the redrawn 6th Congressional District covering the north and northeastern portions of the Valley.

Cronkite News bases its projection on unofficial returns showing Schweikert leading three opponents by a wide margin.

Schweikert was the heavy favorite after defeating U.S. Rep. Ben Quayle in a contentious GOP primary. As reconstituted after the 2010 Census, the new 6th District included areas that both congressmen had represented.

Schweikert’s opponents were: Democrat Matt Jette; Libertarian Jack Anderson, who lost to Jette in the Democratic primary and switched parties; and the Green Party’s Mark Salazar.

Schweikert won election to Congress two years ago by ousting Democrat Harry Mitchell.

His new district includes parts of north Phoenix and Scottsdale as well as Fountain Hills.