Amid Ethics Rules Violations, Trump-Endorsed US Rep. David Schweikert Is Projected Winner in Arizona Primary

Amid Ethics Rules Violations, Trump-Endorsed US Rep. David Schweikert Is Projected Winner in Arizona Primary
U.S. Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) speaks during a markup hearing at Longworth House Office Building, Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 14, 2021. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Allan Stein
8/3/2022
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8/3/2022
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Embattled incumbent U.S. Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) is the projected winner in a three-way race for the Republican nomination in Arizona’s newly created congressional District 1.

With over 74 percent of precincts reporting in the Aug. 2 primary, Trump-endorsed Schweikert currently leads with 44 percent of the vote, while his closest opponent Elijah Norton trails with 34 percent.

On the Democratic side, Jevin Hodge currently leads his rival Adam Metzendorf 62-38 percent.

The winners will advance to the general election on Nov. 8.

Schweikert launched his bid for re-election after he became embroiled in charges of ethics rules violations tied to campaign financing.

In July 2020, he was fined $50,000 by the bipartisan House Ethics Committee after admitting to 11 rules breaches, including misuse of campaign funds.

In January 2022, his campaign agreed to pay a $125,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission for campaign finance violations.

He also faces a lawsuit by an Arizona man who claims he ran “homophobic” ads targeting Norton, who is pro-life.

Schweikert has served as the U.S. representative for Arizona’s congressional Districts 5 and 6 since 2011.

In June, former President Donald Trump endorsed Schweikert, calling him a “tireless advocate for Arizona, a “principled conservative” and America First candidate.

Allan Stein is a national reporter for The Epoch Times based in Arizona.
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