O’Halleran, Crane in tight battle for District 2 U.S. House seat

Republican challenger Eli Crane holds a slim lead over incumbent Democrat Tom O'Halleran in the race for the District 2 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives with initial precincts reporting.

Updated at 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2022.

Incumbent Democrat Tom O’Halleran’s bid to retain his U.S. House of Representatives seat against challenger Eli Crane in a redrawn District 2, which represents Maricopa, was tight in early voting returns Tuesday night.

The initial round of results released from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office show Crane with a narrow lead, 50.8% to 49.2%, with 55% percent of precincts reporting.

O’Halleran, who is seeking a fourth term in the House, represented District 1 for three terms. Redistricting saw him move to District 2 for this election cycle.

O’Halleran, a resident of unincorporated Yavapai county, served in the Arizona House of Representatives 2001-06 and the state Senate 2007-09 as a Republican. He changed parties in 2014.

He joined the Chicago Police Department at age 20, and became a sergeant in a Special Operations Unit and later was among the youngest in Chicago history to be commissioned a homicide investigator. Following his police career, O’Halleran became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and served two terms on the Exchange’s Board of Directors.

Crane is a former Navy SEAL and combat veteran of 13 years who had five wartime deployments, three in the Middle East. He and his wife Jen live in the Tucson area and created a bottle-opener company that was featured on the television show, Shark Tank, which supports and employs veterans nationwide.

Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District is the state’s largest in area and includes all or part of 11 of the state’s 15 counties. It includes all of Apache, Coconino, Graham, Greenlee, and Navajo counties and parts of Gila, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai.

Please check back. This story will be updated as the latest returns are released.