November 5, 2014
East Valley Tribune
James Anderson and Whitney Ogden

Congressional District 5 Republican Rep. Matt Salmon held off Democrat James Woods to retain his seat in the U.S. Congress.

Results provided by the Arizona Secretary of State Office have Salmon winning more than 68 percent of the vote to retain his seat in the House. Salmon, whose district covers much of Gilbert and a portion of Mesa, has represented the district since 2012.

"While the president (Barack Obama) wasn't on the ballots tonight, his policies certainly were," he said during a speech.

Woods said although he couldn’t match Salmon in votes, he and his campaign didn’t lose.

“We can’t lose, because our goal is larger than a statewide race,” Woods said.

The Democratic candidate said he was grateful for the opportunity to “steer the conversation” to topics like secularism, abortion and disability-care. He also thanked Arizona taxpayers, whose contribution to Medicaid and other programs helped him when an infection blinded and nearly killed him.

“You saved my life,” he said. “I can never repay that.”

After speaking with Salmon, Woods, an atheist, said he found some common ground on disability issues with Salmon, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I disagree politically, but I think we would get along personally, which is a step in the right direction,” Woods said.

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