Republican Jonathan Paton was basking in the glow of victory at Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar in Marana on Election Night. Although all the votes had yet to be counted, Paton had more than 60 percent of the vote; his closest challenger, Gaither Martin, had less than 20 percent.
“I’m very excited for the race ahead," Paton said. "It’s outstanding to win the primary election especially with the news we just got that we did overwhelming well here in Pima County, my hometown."
Although Democrats have a voter-registration edge in Congressional District 1, Paton likes his chances against Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick.
"I think a lot of the Democrats in this district don’t necessarily vote on party lines," Paton said. "I
think they typically vote for Republican presidents and I think we’re going to do well no matter what.”
Paton acknowledged that Kirkpatrick had a big financial advantage over him in the race.
"We've got to raise more money because our opponent has the lead, fundraising-wise, and we've got to deal with that," Paton said.
UA journalism students Megan Alletson and Morgan Toone contributed to this report.