PHOENIX - Former Rep. Matt Salmon has coasted to a victory in Tuesday's 5th Congressional District election and is headed back to Capitol Hill after a dozen year absence.
The Republican faced Democrat Spencer Morgan to represent Mesa and other east Phoenix suburban areas.
Republicans outnumber Democrats almost 2-to-1 in the district and Salmon had an insurmountable lead as the first vote tallies were released Tuesday.
Morgan is from Gilbert and reported raising no money in the race.
Salmon won the GOP primary election in August by defeating former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams.
He represented an earlier version of the district for three terms in the 1990s but ended his tenure to follow a pledge that he would serve only three terms.
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