Incumbent Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Prescotthas won the U.S. House seat in Arizona's 4th Congressional District.
While the 4th District seat technically had no incumbent, Gosar switched to run in Arizona's 4th District rather than the neighboring 1st District to improve the odds of capturing a second term in Congress. It worked. The 4th District has a large number of conservative voters.
Gosar said he sought re-election "because we need to get back to the basics of a limited government, the Rule of Law and a government that encourages job creation, not stifles it with red tape."
He said on his campaign website he is against amnesty for illegal immigrants. He supports Arizona's law cracking down on illegal immigrants.
Gosar said a second term would allow him to work harder to trim bureaucracy so that small businesses can grow, and he said he wants to slash taxes.
Democratic political newcomer Johnnie Robinson of Florence faced an uphill battle against Gosar.
Robinson said on his campaign website that he supported an education system with standardized curriculum and programs that address learning curves in local school districts. Robinson also wanted to ensure that members of the military can access medical, housing and financial services as well as obtain good jobs.
He said he would strengthen the economy by providing tax and other incentives to businesses to keep manufacturing and other jobs from going overseas.
Other candidates in the race included Libertarian candidate Joe Pamelia, a businessman, aeronautical engineer and Vietnam War veteran, and Americans Elect candidate Richard Grayson, a humorist, author and gay rights activist.
District 4 encompasses seven counties and includes most of western Arizona, most of Yavapai County and northern Pinal County. It covers Prescott, part of Yuma and Florence.
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