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Tucked in a teal booth at a local diner, beneath murals of an old copper-mining town, the southern Arizona political newcomer eagerly collected business cards from small-business owners over breakfast.

In a very purple district stretching east from Tucson to New Mexico, Lea Marquez Peterson, the Republican running for an open House seat here, needed every single one.

Arizona Candidate Gives Republicans Diversity, but Perhaps Not Victory

In Tucson, Lea Marquez Peterson was heralded as a new face for the party’s future — a conservative, Hispanic woman — but her campaign has struggled to gain traction.


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