Unopposed in primaries, Rep. Grijalva looks toward November

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Unopposed in primaries, Rep. Grijalva looks toward November

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Aug 26, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Southern Arizona's other repeat race is officially a-go. The fate of Tuesday night's primary election for Congressional District-3 candidate and incumbent, Rep. Raul Grijalva, was already set in stone, having run unopposed in the Democratic primaries.

Come November, Arizona's CD-3 race will be a repeat of the 2012 general election. In 2012, Grijalva ran against CD-3 Republican candidate Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, where he won by about 20 percent of the vote.

"We have the highest number of foster care kids. We have 23 percent of the children in this state living in poverty. That's going to be a huge issue about how we deal with education and more importantly, the economy," Rep. Grijalva told 9OYS in reference to the upcoming November election.

"The message for us and the debate I want to have with my opponent is, what are your solutions? What are your ideas? Not just slogans -- Not just tea party clips -- Tell us what you want and we're going to be prepared to do that," Grijalva continued.

If Rep. Grijalva wins in November against Saucedo Mercer, it will mark his 7th Congressional term. Voters first elected Grijalva to U.S. Congress in 2002.