Around 100 hopeful Republican voters joined congressional candidate Wendy Rogers, incumbent representative Bob Thorpe, City Council candidate Regina Salas and City Council member Charlie Odegaard at the American Legion to watch the midterm results come in. Once the legion was preparing to close, the party moved to the Republican campaign headquarters on South Woodlands Village Boulevard.
Salas took fourth in the race for City Council. Though according to the unofficial results posted online she came in only 12 votes behind Paul Deasy, the candidate who took third.
"I am happy to have ran, but I don't think I'm going to win," said Salas.
It appears that along with Deasy, Austin Aslan and Adam Shimoni will be the new City Council members.
As the night went on and precincts continued to report, Rogers remained optimistic despite trailing to incumbent Tom O'Halleran.
"This happened during the primaries as well, both Pinal and Pima counties took long into the night to report. We didn't get their numbers until after 2:00 a.m.," said Rogers.
As of this afternoon, 99 percent of precincts have reported and O'Halleran is still ahead in the polls, holding a 6.8 percent lead. Results can be viewed online here.
Thorpe won a second term as well, as he and fellow Republican Walter "Walt" Blackman won the two seats in State Congressional District 6 as they both finished ahead of Democratic Challenger Felicia French in the polls.
It seems to be a mixed bag of results for Republicans, as they look to have taken both wins and losses in different elections.
After midnight, the voters still waiting on results got a surprise visit from Peter MacDonald, former four-term chairman of the Navajo Nation and Navajo Code Talker Marine Corps veteran who served in WWII, came to show his support for Wendy Rogers and talk to the voters.
He spoke about how he thought that there was a departure from conservative principles, especially within the Navajo Nation. He first gained an interest in politics after watching Barry Goldwater in the 1950s and 60s.
Goldwater's philosophy mirrored Navajo philosophy, which is what attracted MacDonald to the party.
"At that time communism was the big word. Everybody was talking about communism. When Goldwater ran, he spoke the same philosophy that Navajo's had," said MacDonald. "I wanted to vote, so I registered. They asked me, 'Do you want to be a Democrat or a Republican,' and I said, 'What is Goldwater's party?' 'Republican,' 'Alright I'll be that.'"
He went on to also share his personal experience in the Marine Corps during WWII, and told the story of how the Navajo code was created and used.