Congressional candidates reach out to Indian voters in Arizona

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) campaigned at the Navajo Nation fair last month. Photo from Facebook

The Indian vote could be pivotal in the race for Arizona's 1st Congressional district.

Native Americans make up 22.6 percent of the population in the district, according to Wikipedia. The district includes parts of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Reservation and several Apache reservations.

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) is running for re-election and is a familiar face in the district. She was born on the Fort Apache Reservation, home to the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and can speak some Apache, The Huffington Post reported.

She also speaks some Navajo. She uses the language in a radio ad that's been running on KTNN, the Navajo radio station.

Andy Tobin, the Republican candidate. Photo from Facebook

Andy Tobin, a state lawmaker, is the Republican candidate. He recently met with leaders of the San Carlos Apache Tribe to promote his campaign.

Turnout in mid-term elections is usually low but the hotly-contested Navajo Nation presidential race is likely to bring more voters to the polls next month.

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