PHOENIX (AP) — Congressional candidate Gary Kiehne has conceded to Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin in the Republican primary for the 1st Congressional District.
Tuesday's concession from the Springerville rancher and businessman came as just one county had a large number of votes outstanding in the race — and Tobin was winning there handily.
National parties are expected to pour money into the race for the swing district that stretches from the Navajo Nation to the Tucson suburbs. The seat currently is held by Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.
Tobin also beat out state Rep. Adam Kwasman.
Tobin has said he's dissatisfied with what he sees as a loss in reputation for America as the global powerhouse. He says it's clear he has improved Arizona through balancing budgets, cutting taxes and growing jobs