by Garrett Frisk
Currently, Republicans hold 6 of the 9 congressional districts in Arizona, while Democrats hold the other three. But after Arizona Republican suffered a series of stinging losses in 2020 and 2022, that 6-3 majority might shrink in 2024. For four of Arizona's six House Republicans, the 2024 campaign has already started; each is already facing an opponent who has filed with the FEC and launched a campaign website.
1st congressional district incumbent David Schweikert had one of the toughest fights for re-election of any House Republican in the midterms. After winning the Republican primary with a 43.6% plurality against two challengers, Schweikert narrowly limped through the general election, winning by a slim 0.8% margin against Democrat Jevin Hodge. He'll be in for another tough fight in 2024; both Hodge and former TV news anchor Marlene Galan Woods have expressed interest in challenging Schweikert. However, one other Democrat isn't waiting for them to make up their mind. Andrew Horne, an orthodontist, has already launched a campaign against Scheikert. His campaign website can be found here.
In the 8th congressional district, Democrat Jeremy Spreitzer has announced that he will run against incumbent Debbie Lesko. A firefighter and retired teacher, Spreitzer previously ran a write-in campaign for this district in 2022 after no Democrat qualified for the general election ballot. He received 2.5% of the vote, an unusually large total for a write-in candidate. His website can be found here. Meanwhile, incumbent Andy Biggs is facing an independent candidate in the 5th district, sales director Evan Olson. Although Olson is a critic of the two-party system, supporting open primaries and ranked-choice voting, his platform contains mostly liberal policy proposals, including automatic voter registration and gun control. His website can be found here. And in the 9th district, incumbent Paul Gosar is facing beverage company district manager Nick Blair, whose website can be found here.
Additionally, one of the Democratic incumbents is already facing a pair of Republican challengers; restaurant owner Kelly Cooper and engineer Dave Giles are both running against 4th district incumbent Greg Stanton. Cooper and Giles both ran for this district in 2022, with Cooper winning the Republican primary with 28.4% of the vote while Giles placed third with 18.7%. Cooper went on to lose the general election with 43.7% of the vote to 56.1% for Stanton. Giles also ran for this district in 2016, 2018, and 2020, winning the primary in 2016 and 2020. Cooper's website can be found here, while Giles's website can be found here. Stanton has yet to announce whether or not he will run for re-election, though he has confirmed that he will not run for U.S. Senate against incumbent independent Kyrsten Sinema. Meanwhile, strength conditioning specialist Jeff Zink is again running for the 3rd district, where incumbent Democrat Ruben Gallego is retiring to run for Senate; Zink was the Republican nominee for this district in 2022, receiving 23.9% of the vote. His website can be found here.
This story was updated to include Jeff Zink's candidacy.