O’Halleran, Shedd advance in congressional race

PHOENIX — Tiffany Shedd is claiming victory in the Republican primary for to congressional seat that represents Graham and Greenlee counties.

One her Facebook page, Shedd said, “I am honored to be the Republican nominee for Arizona’s First Congressional District. This victory is due to the tireless work of our incredible supporters. Growing up and living in Arizona, I have been incredibly blessed by the people of this state who built our communities and continually work to make them better. The people of Arizona’s First Congressional District deserve better than Tom O’Halleran putting Nancy Pelosi and her liberal Washington agenda ahead of Arizona.”

According to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, only 50 percent of the precincts have reported in from Tuesday’s primary election. Shedd was leading Nolan Reidhead by 4,669 votes and had 54.2 percent of the ballots cast in her favor.

The incumbent, Tom’O’Halleran, is also claiming victory in the Democratic primary.

He said on his Facebook page, “I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue to represent Arizona’s First District in Congress and to do even more to support families across our state as we battle this pandemic. Since I was elected in 2016, I’ve been focused on delivering results for Arizona families. I wrote legislation to reduce prescription drug prices for our seniors and fought to secure resources for communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, like the Navajo Nation. If given the opportunity this November, I will continue to be an independent voice who can get things done for our state.”

O’Halleran faced a primary challenge from Eva Putzova. He has a 10,356-vote lead over Putzova, receiving 58.8 percent of the ballots cast.

O’Halleran and Shedd will face each other in the Nov. 3 general election.