Arizona's 8th congressional district

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Arizona's 8th congressional district
Current Representative Trent Franks (RGlendale)
Area 9,057 mi²
Distribution 87.3% urban, 12.7% rural
Population (2000) 641,329
Median income $40,656
Ethnicity 73.9% White, 3% Black, 2.1% Asian, 18.2% Hispanic, 0.8% Native American, 0.1% other
Cook PVI R+15≠[1]

Arizona's 8th congressional district is a congressional district located in the U.S. state of Arizona. It includes many of the suburbs north and west of Phoenix.

History[edit]

From 2003 to 2013 it encompassed the extreme southeastern part of the state. It included all of Cochise County and parts of Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties.

It was represented from 2007 to 2012 by Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot and severely wounded at a public event on January 8, 2011. Giffords resigned her seat in January 2012. A special election that was on June 12, 2012 elected Ron Barber as the new congressman.[2]

For the 2012 election, Barber was redistricted to the 2nd district, which includes the bulk of the old 8th district. The 8th was redrawn to include nearly all of the Maricopa County portion of the old 2nd District. That district's congressman, Republican Trent Franks, won the election for the new 8th.

The district from 2003 to 2013

2012 redistricting[edit]

After redistricting for the 2012 general election, most of the current 8th district became the 2nd congressional district, while the new 8th district encompases most of the Maricopa County portion of the old 2nd district—the western suburbs of Phoenix.[3]

George W. Bush received 53% of the vote in this district in 2004. Arizona resident John McCain carried the district in 2008 with 52.37% of the vote, while Barack Obama received 46.43%.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 50 - 46%
2004 President Bush 53 - 46%
2008 President McCain 52 - 46%
2012 President Romney 62 - 37%

List of representatives[edit]

Arizona began sending an eighth member to the House after the 2000 Census. Prior to this time, most of the 8th's current territory was in the 5th district.

Representative Party Term Congress(es) District description:
Counties[4][5][6]
Electoral history
Jim Kolbe.jpg Jim Kolbe Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2007
108
109
Southeast Arizona,
including parts of Tucson:
Cochise,
Pima (part),
Pinal (part),
Santa Cruz (part)
Redistricted from the 5th district and re-elected in 2002
Re-elected in 2004
Retired
Gabrielle Giffords official portrait.jpg Gabrielle Giffords Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 25, 2012
110
111
112
First elected in 2006
Re-elected in 2008
Re-elected in 2010
Resigned
Vacant January 25, 2012 –
June 12, 2012
112
Rob barber, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Ron Barber Democratic June 12, 2012 -
January 3, 2013
Elected to finish Giffords's term, Redistricted to the 2nd district
TrentFranks.JPG Trent Franks Republican January 3, 2013 –
113 - Redistricted from the 2nd district and re-elected in 2012

Recent results[edit]

2002[edit]

Party Candidate Votes  % Change
  Republican Party Jim Kolbe 112,872 63
  Democratic Party Mary Judge Ryan 60,536 34
  Libertarian Party Joe Duarte 5,520 3

2004[edit]

Party Candidate Votes  % Change
  Republican Party Jim Kolbe 183,363 60.4 -2.6%
  Democratic Party Eva Bacal 109,963 36.2 +2.2%
  Libertarian Party Robert Anderson 10,443 3.4 +0.4%

2006[edit]

Party Candidate Votes  % Change
  Democratic Party Gabrielle Giffords 114,794 54.1 +17.9%
  Republican Party Randy Graf 89,609 42.2 -18.2%
  Libertarian Party David Nolan 4,025 1.9 -1.5%

2008[edit]

Arizona's 8th congressional district election, 2008[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Gabrielle Giffords (incumbent) 179,629 54.72 +0.62%
Republican Tim Bee 140,553 42.82 +0.62%
Libertarian Paul Davis 8,081 2.46 +0.56%
Independent Paul Price (write-in) 3 0.00
Total votes 328,266 100.00%
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

Arizona's 8th congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gabrielle Giffords (incumbent) 138,280 48.7%
Republican Jesse Kelly 134,124 47.2%
Libertarian Steven Stoltz 11,174 3.9%

2012[edit]

Special: June 12, 2012[edit]

Arizona's 8th congressional district special election, 2012[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ron Barber 101,559 52.2%
Republican Jesse Kelly 88,569 45.5%
Green Charlie Manolakis 4,482 2.3%
Totals 194,610 100%

General: November 6, 2012[edit]

Trent Franks (redistricted from the 2nd district) won with 63.6% of the vote.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Condon, Stephanie (January 23, 2012). "Gabrielle Giffords' resignation prompts special election". CBS News. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Maps for the 2012 election". Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ Martis, Kenneth C., The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts, 1789-1983. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1982.
  5. ^ Martis, Kenneth C., The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress, 1789-1989. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1989.
  6. ^ Congressional Directory: Browse 105th Congress
  7. ^ "STATE OF ARIZONA OFFICIAL CANVASS: 2008 General Election – November 4, 2008" (PDF). Secretary of State of Arizona. December 1, 2008. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2008. 
  8. ^ http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/Primary/AZ
  9. ^ United States House of Representatives elections, 2012#Arizona

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°41′44″N 112°17′59″W / 33.69556°N 112.29972°W / 33.69556; -112.29972