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CD8 primary battleground pits former Marine vs. Army Reservist (access required)

When Jonathan Paton decided to resign from the Arizona Senate and run for Congress, the prevailing view in political circles was that he represents the Republican Party’s best chance to defeat U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

But the former state lawmaker faces a more immediate challenge from fellow Republican Jesse Kelly. Political insiders now say Paton has yet to wrap up the primary race in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

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Independents make up largest share of new voters (access required)

Voter registration in Arizona has spiked, adding more than 300,000 people to the rolls in the last two years. The increase indicates that Arizona's political landscape is drawing the public's interest, but many are also registering as independents, which could mean that disaffection with the established parties lingers.

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