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Nov 6, 2012 11:09 PM

Rep. Grijalva beats GOP's Saucedo in 3rd District

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Democratic congressman Raul Grijalva has won a 6th term in office after turning back a challenge from Republican Gabriela Saucedo Mercer in Tuesday's 3rd Congressional District election.

The race was considered an easy one for Grijalva because the district is majority Democratic. But political novice Saucedo Mercer still made a challenge and spent more than $200,000 in an effort to win the seat.

Grijalva's double-digit lead late Tuesday was wide enough for The Associated Press to declare him the victor.

The sprawling district borders Mexico in southwestern Arizona and includes the western half of Tucson, parts of Yuma and portions of several western suburbs of Phoenix.

Grijalva has served in Congress since winning office in 2002.

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