Rep. Ruben Gallego has no Republican challenger on the ballot in the general election and is almost certain to win re-election against his only opponent, Green Party candidate Gary Swing.
Gallego, a two-term Arizona Democrat who has served in Congress since 2015, easily defeated state Sen. Catherine Miranda in the Democratic primary for the 7th Congressional District, a Democratic stronghold.
Democrats have a 31 percentage-point registration advantage in the district that runs from southern Glendale to downtown Phoenix and reaches to South Mountain Park. The district is so lopsided in favor of the Democrats that it’s not too surprising that Republicans didn’t bother to field a candidate.
In his all-but-certain third House term, Gallego said that he will continue providing services for his district, especially from his seat on the House Armed Services Committee, and will try to keep President Donald Trump in check.
“(Trump) has clearly not learned … about norms and rule of law and I think that it’s important that we keep pushing back on that,” Gallego said.
Gallego said he will focus on expanding affordable health care for his constituents and fixing the current student loan debt to create a stable future.
Known for his outspoken political style, Gallego is considered a top future Democratic Senate prospect.
Last year, he didn’t back Democrat Nancy Pelosi to be House speaker and he briefly “adopted” the 2nd District represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally for a town hall to discuss health care.
He has also been one of the most vocal critics of Trump on cable news and social media.