Republican candidates appear to have swept all but one state House and Senate seats in north East Valley’s Districts 7 and 11. A lone Democrat appeared headed for victory in the heavily GOP region, according to unofficial results Tuesday.
District 7 incumbents Nancy Barto, 48, and Ray Barnes, 70, won the two House seats against Democratic challengers Marilyn Fox, 58, and Jeanne Lunn, 33, and independent candidate Jim Iannuzo, 46.
Similarly, Senate incumbent Jim Waring, 38, defeated Democrat Lisa Black, 42, in the district that includes Cave Creek, Carefree and parts of Scottsdale and Phoenix.
In District 11, Democrat Mark Anthony Desimone, 43, led all candidates for the House seats, followed by Republican Adam Driggs, 41, who appeared to also secure a seat.
Senate incumbent Barbara Leff, 59, defeated Democrat Ann Wallack, 52, in the district that includes Paradise Valley and parts of Phoenix.
Districts 7 and 11 are predominantly Republican, with about 49 percent and 48 percent registered Republicans respectively.
Political consultant Bob Grossfeld of the Tempe-based Media Guys said he expected a closer race, given discontent among Republicans about the president, the recent Mark Foley scandal and the war in Iraq.
Focusing on issues including stricter penalties for drunken drivers and resources for victims of domestic violence is what Waring said helped give him an edge. “You’re always nervous,” he said. “But I hoped my record, on more nonpartisan issues ... would earn me voter support.”