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Franks wins Arizona's 8th Congressional District

Republican Trent Franks, Democrat Gene Scharer Republican Trent Franks, Democrat Gene Scharer

Republican Rep. Trent Franks has won the U.S. House seat in Arizona's 8th Congressional District.

Franks, of Glendale, has five terms in the U.S. House already under his belt. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2002.

Franks has opposed every government bailout and stimulus package. He advocates less regulation, less taxes and less intrusion into private markets and businesses.

On his website, he stressed "a government takeover of America's health care system would crush the quality of health care services."

Franks is the original author of the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act, which would make aborting a baby based on gender or race a crime in the U.S. He is against scientific research using embryonic stem cells.

Scharer, of Buckeye, is a former truck driver and high school teacher. He advocates pro-growth policies that help small businesses. He opposes vouchers because he said "they would inexorably lead to the development of a fractured education system that is sectarian, elitist and divisive."

He said he would fight to protect Social Security from all attempts by Republicans to cut or privatize it. Scharer also pledged to try to pass the Employee's Free Choice Act, also known as the "card check bill," so that employees can join a union without fear of harassment or reprisal.

Backing the Affordable Care Act, he vowed to push for a public option that boosts competition and lowers costs as a step toward the eventual goal of a single-payer national health care system.

The other challenger in the race was Americans Elect candidate Stephen Dolgos.

District 8 includes many western suburbs of the Phoenix metro area, including Surprise, Sun City, Sun City West, El Mirage, Anthem, New River, Youngtown, Litchfield Park as well as parts of Goodyear, Glendale, Peoria and a small segment of Phoenix.

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