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Arizona's 1st congressional district
United States House of Representatives, Arizona District 1 map.png
Current Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D)
Area 58,608 mi²
Distribution 55.4% urban, 44.6% rural
Population (2000) 641,329
Median income $32,979
Ethnicity 65.8% White, 1.3% Black, 0.5% Asian, 16.4% Hispanic, 22.6% Native American, 7.5% other
Cook PVI R+6

Arizona's 1st congressional district is the tenth largest congressional district in the nation, geographically. A mostly rural district, it includes much of the state outside the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. It is currently represented by Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick.

The district was created after Arizona gained two districts in the 2000 U.S. Census - the old 1st District, based in Mesa and at one time the east side of Phoenix, was renumbered the 6th District. Another area of the 1st District, containing the North Indian Bend Wash Superfund Site that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first documented in 1981, became part of what is now Arizona's 5th Congressional District.

George W. Bush received 54% of the vote in this district in 2004. Native son John McCain also carried the district in 2008 with 54.42% of the vote while Barack Obama received 44.25%. Due to intense competition, it is generally considered a swing district.

During the Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Arizona Democratic Primary, the district was won by Hillary Rodham Clinton with 48.49% of the vote while Barack Obama received 42.21% and John Edwards took in 5.01%. In the Arizona Republican Primary, the 1st District was won by McCain with 45.99% while Mitt Romney received 35.20% and Mike Huckabee took in 11.70% of the vote in the district.

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Competitiveness

The large district covers the mainly rural areas of northern and eastern Arizona. Republicans have a base in Prescott and Yavapai County, while Democrats perform well in Flagstaff, Sedona, and the Navajo Nation among Native Americans. Elections are usually decided by conservative "Pinto Democrats" throughout the rural areas.

Voting

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2008 President McCain 54 - 44%
2004 President Bush 54 - 46%
2000 President Bush 50 - 45%

Historical representation

Representatives

Representative Lived Party Term Note
District created: January 3, 1949
John R. Murdock (1885-1972) Democratic January 3, 1949 - January 3, 1953 Defeated
John J. Rhodes (1916-2003) Republican January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1983 Retired
John S. McCain (b. 1936) Republican January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1987 Elected to U.S. Senate
John J. Rhodes III (b. 1943) Republican January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993 Defeated
Samuel G. Coppersmith (b. 1955) Democratic January 3, 1993 - January 3, 1995 Ran for U.S. Senate
Matthew J. Salmon (b. 1958) Republican January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001 Ran for Governor
Jeffrey Flake (b. 1962) Republican January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003 Re-Elected to AZ-06
Richard G. Renzi (b. 1958) Republican January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009 Retired
Ann Kirkpatrick (b. 1950) Democratic January 3, 2009 -

Recent election results

The current 1st District is a new district created after the 2000 census. Prior to the 2002 elections, most of the territory in what is now the 6th District was in the 1st District.

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1998

Party Candidate Votes  %
  Republican Party Matt Salmon 64
  Democratic Party David A. Mendoza 47,667 36

2000

Party Candidate Votes  %
  Republican Party Jeff Flake 110,472 54
  Democratic Party David A. Mendoza 88,761 43

2002

Party Candidate Votes  %
  Republican Party Rick Renzi 82,978 49
  Democratic Party George Cordova 77,301 46
  Libertarian Party Edwin Porr 8,684 5

2004

Party Candidate Votes  %
  Republican Party Rick Renzi 148,315 58.5
  Democratic Party Paul Babbitt 91,776 36.2
  Libertarian Party John Crockett 13,260 5.2

2006

Party Candidate Votes  %
  Republican Party Rick Renzi 98,243 51.8
  Democratic Party Ellen Simon 82,390 43.4
  Libertarian Party David Schlosser 9,054 4.8

2008

2008 Arizona Congressional District 1 general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick 141,191 55.9%
Republican Sydney Ann Hay 99,672 39.5%
Independent Brent Maupin 8,391 3.3%
Libertarian Thane Eichenauer 3,264 1.3%
Turnout 252,518

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