Republican Wendy Rogers won the open Legislative District (LD) Six Senate seat Wednesday morning, beating Democrat Felicia French in the battle to replace Arizona GOP Sen. Sylvia Allen, according to KAFF News.
Rogers thanked her supporters on Twitter Wednesday morning after gaining an insurmountable lead of over 8,034 votes as Rogers received 58,164 over French’s 50,130 votes.
“I want to thank you all so much! We did it,” Rogers tweeted. “Despite all of the millions of dollars in Soro and Bloomberg money that came in to try and buy this state senate seat, we still crushed them.”
Both French and Rogers were unsuccessful in seeking public office in the past, but this year offered Rogers the opportunity to represent the residents of rural northern Arizona.
French, a retired United States Army colonel and registered nurse from Pine, Arizona, tried her hand at politics in 2018 when she first sought a seat in the state House of Representatives, losing to Bob Thorpe by roughly 600 votes, according to Ballotpedia. In contrast, Rogers is a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel who owns homes in both Flagstaff and Tempe, and she has been seeking public office for the past decade. Most recently, Rogers challenged Rep. Tom O’Halleran for his seat in the House, but lost with 46% of the vote in 2018.
Rogers beat incumbent Sen. Allen during the Republican primary with 58% of the vote, while French was unchallenged in her primary.
Before election night, Arizona Republicans had a three-seat majority in the state Senate and a two-seat majority in the state House. However, as of Wednesday morning there is currently a 30-to-30 split in the Arizona House of Representatives and a 16-to-14 seat lead for state republicans in the state Senate with over 100,000 votes outstanding in Maricopa County, according to election results reported by 12News.