First-time candidate Republican Paul Boyer is leading the pack and Rep. Carl Seel is hanging on in LD20, a Republican-leaning district that covers part of Glendale and northwest Phoenix.
Seel, a Republican who has been in the House for two terms, has 15,150 votes (26.1 percent), trailing Boyer’s 16,832 (29 percent).
Former Democratic Rep. Jackie Thrasher, who served in the House for one term starting in 2007, is behind Seel by more than about 1,500 votes, holding 23.6 percent of the vote.
Democrat Tonya Norwood, a first-time candidate, has 12,243 votes (21.1 percent), with early ballots counted.
The district has a 10 percentage point Republican advantage, but Democrats hoped that by attacking Seel, a far-right-winger, they would be able to pick up one seat.