Meyer staved off a serious challenge by Republican Eric West, who lost by about 800 votes. McGee had the most votes after having spent a whopping $140,000.
Republicans spent $16,285 in independent expenditures in an attempt to oust Meyer, who was first elected in 2008. But Meyer spent $81,728 in the general election, according to recent campaign finance reports, and he received a $21,340 infusion of independent expenditure cash in October.
“I didn’t expect to, but I certainly set out to come out on top,” McGee said.
The northcentral Phoenix district, which also takes in Paradise Valley, has been considered a Republican stronghold, but Democrats have taken seats in the last two election cycles.
This wasn’t West’s first close contest with a better-funded and better-known candidate. In the Aug. 24, primary, his second-place finish over Shawnna Bolick was considered a surprise.