Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick wins re-election for largest Indian district

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) spend election night in Tuba City, on the Navajo Nation. Photo from Facebook

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) won re-election on Tuesday after spending the final days of her campaign on the Navajo Nation.

Kirkpatrick represents the Arizona's 1st Congressional district. It includes parts of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Reservation and several Apache reservations.

"I’ve always spent the last few days of the election on the Navajo Nation. This district is 25 percent Native American so it’s not just Navajo it’s all the tribes," Kirkpatrick, who was born on the Fort Apache Reservation, home to the White Mountain Apache Tribe, told KJZZ.

Native Americans make up 22.6 percent of the population, according to Wikipedia. The district is home to the largest number of Native Americans in the country.

Kirkpatrick defeated Republican Andy Tobin, a state lawmaker, for the seat. She won decisively in the counties with larger Native populations, according to the Secretary of State.

In Apache County, where Native Americans make up nearly 74 percent of the population, Kirkpatrick won nearly 76 percent of the vote. In Navajo County, where Native Americans are nearly 45 percent of the population, she had 52 percent of the vote.

Kirkpatrick also won handily in Coconino County, where Native Americans make up 27 percent of the population. She secured 62 percent of the vote.

Overall, Kirkpatrick defeated Tobin by more than 9,300 votes.

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