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U.S. Democratic Rep. for AZ O'Halleran will run for reelection

U.S. Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran
Frederick Schilling

Three-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran says he’ll run for reelection in 2022 despite a newly approved redrawn Arizona congressional district seen as more favorable for a Republican opponent.

The new congressional map approved by the state’s independent redistricting commission redraws current boundaries for O’Halleran’s rural district centered on northeastern Arizona.

The redrawn district tilts strongly toward Republicans, and voting patterns in the past nine elections cast serious on O’Halleran’s prospects for reelection.

O’Halleran in a statement issued Thursday said the prospect of a difficult reelection race wouldn’t deter him from running again.

O’Halleran’s current district has been one of the state’s most competitive.