Rep. Chester Crandell, a Heber Republican, staved off a big money campaign targeting his defeat in the Legislative District 6 Senate race.
Crandell beat Rep. Tom Chabin, a Flagstaff Democrat, 54 percent to 46 percent with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
“Being a new district and looking at the makeup of Flagstaff, I think they thought that by pushing some money in there they could pick up a seat in the Senate,” Crandell said. “It was a play on their part.”
Democrats had targeted the Senate seat of the newly drawn district that includes Flagstaff, Payson and central-eastern Arizona towns of Heber and Holbrook, even though Republican voters outnumber Democrats 38.4 percent to 28 percent. Much of the district includes former Legislative District 5, a Republican stronghold.
Chabin got the help of various independent expenditure groups to the tune of $200,674 in support, but Republican groups spent $111,677 opposing him. Democrats also spent $73,048 to oppose Crandell, who got only $33,009 in support from IE groups.