- Associated Press - Monday, January 11, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - State Rep. Victoria Steele is resigning from the Arizona House of Representatives to campaign full-time for the Democratic nomination in southern Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District.

Steele announced in July that she would run for her party’s nomination to take on Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the general election.

Steele resigned Monday, shortly after the Legislature convened for the 2016 session and Gov. Doug Ducey presented his State of the State address.

Former state Rep. Matt Heinz is also seeking the Democratic nomination.

The 2nd District is one of the most competitive in the nation and saw nearly $8 million in spending by the two major party candidates in 2014 and massive spending by outside groups.



Republican Martha McSally beat former Rep. Ron Barber by 167 votes in 2014.

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