Democratic Rep. Greg Stanton faces off against Republican Kelly Cooper in Arizona's 4th Congressional District election

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  • Rep. Greg Stanton is running against Republican Kelly Cooper in Arizona's 4th Congressional District.

  • The 4th District is located in Maricopa County.

  • Despite redistricting making the district less Democratic, the Cook Political Report recently shifted its forecast to favor Democrats.

Democratic Rep. Greg Stanton faces off against Republican Kelly Cooper in Arizona's 4th Congressional District.

Arizona's 4th Congressional District candidates

Stanton is a member of the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Judiciary. Prior to his time in Congress, he served on the Phoenix City Council from 2000 to 2009 and as mayor of Phoenix from 2012 to 2018. As mayor, Stanton led a transportation initiative to expand the city's light rail system.

Before entering public office, Stanton served as the deputy attorney general of Arizona.

Cooper, Stanton's challenger, is a US Marine Corps veteran and restaurant owner. He is also the founder and chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Veterans Committee.

Cooper won a five-way Republican primary, narrowly defeating second-place finisher Tanya Wheeless, 28.4% to 25.4%.

Voting history for Arizona's 4th Congressional District

Arizona's 4th Congressional District is located in Maricopa County and covers the city of Tempe and parts of Mesa and Chandler.

During 2020, Joe Biden scored a 23-percentage-point margin of victory over then-President Donald Trump under the district's previous boundaries. In the redistricting process following the 2020 Census, the district was redrawn to add an area of Mesa east of Highway 87, making the district slightly less Democratic-leaning.

The money race

According to OpenSecrets, Stanton has raised more than $4 million, spent more than $4.6 million, and has $470,000 million on hand, as of October 19. Cooper has raised $1.6 million, spent more than $1.3 million, and has $242,000 cash on hand.

As of late October, more than a dozen super PACs, national party committees, politically active nonprofits, and other non-candidate groups have together spent more than $4.7 million to advocate for or against candidates in this race, including during the race's primary phase. House Majority PAC, a Democrat-backing hybrid PAC, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have been the race's top outside spenders.

What experts say

The race between Stanton and Cooper is rated as "likely Democratic" by Inside Elections, "lean Democratic" by The Cook Political Report, and "leans Democratic" by Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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