Incumbent state Rep. Noel Campbell won his primary race to advance to the General Election, but the second seat is too close to call, with David Stringer leading Chip Davis by just 28 votes in the Arizona House of Representatives District 1.
Davis, who won in Yavapai County, found the road a little rougher in northern Maricopa, which is also a part of Legislative District 1.
With 97 percent of the statewide precincts reporting, Stringer held on to the lead by the slimmest of margins: 30.73 percent, or 14,469 votes, to Davis’ 30.67 percent, with 14,441 votes.
Still upbeat, Tuesday night, Davis said, “I’m not going to celebrate too prematurely. But we’ve given our all for the last 14 months.”
Reflecting on his run for the legislature, he said, “This has been a nasty campaign, and it sure makes a person scratch their head and wonder why they’d want to run for public office.”
Asked if he could “handle” Maricopa County, Davis said, “I can handle the state of Arizona. You know what I can do? I can make friends and I can make people come together, and I can make projects happen, and we can solve problems, and we can find solutions, and I’m looking forward to a great Arizona.”
Campbell won handily, picking up 39 percent of the vote, or 18,181.
Campbell and Stringer were unavailable for comment Tuesday night before press time.
Should their leads hold, Campbell and Stringer will next face Democratic candidate Peter Pierson and Green Party challenger Haryaksha Gregor Knauer in the Nov. 8 General Election.