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Arizona primaries being held just days after McCain's death

Arizona primaries being held just days after McCain's death

McSally, a former fighter pilot, had been favored to prevail over the two conservatives who have split the anti-establishment vote.

In a year where Senate Democrats are playing defense, the Arizona seat offers a rare pickup opportunity that could help them maintain the status quo of a narrowly divided Senate or even tip them into the majority.

The seat is held by retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake, perhaps the most vocal Trump critic among congressional Republicans.

All three Republicans had distanced themselves from McCain, who frequently feuded with Trump, and Ward suggested that his family's announcement on Friday that he was stopping medical treatment was timed to hurt her campaign.

Arpaio, a former six-term sheriff of Maricopa County who'd never lost a GOP primary, was in third place.

With the hard primary finally behind her, McSally turned her attention to Sinema at her election night party, lobbing Trump-style attacks.

"Martha McSally, running in the Arizona Primary for U.S. Senate, was endorsed by rejected Senator Jeff Flake.and turned it down - a first!" The victor will be the first female senator in Arizona. But 2018 would be a disastrous year for the GOP to end the streak, with partisan control of the Senate likely to hang in the balance.




Sinema said she thought the momentum generated by the Red For Ed movement and overall Democratic engagement would help her wage a strong campaign.

The three-term Republican congressman who makes frequent Fox News appearances is known as an immigration hard-liner in a state where Hispanic voters hold outsized sway. Gov. Doug Ducey will be naming someone for McCain's seat.

As a moderate, McSally is a member of the middle-of-the-road Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of "centrist" and "moderately conservative" members of the House, and the Tuesday Group, an informal caucus of about 50 "moderate" Republicans in the House. The state voted for Trump by 3.5 percentage points in 2016, but Democrats are buoyed both by its rapidly diversifying electorate and by a national political environment favoring their candidates. McSally's district in particular is expected to be one of the most competitive House races in November's general election.

Arizona's governor has appointed Sheriff Joe Arpaio to fill the late John McCain's U.S. Senate seat.

Florida also has a pair of marquee statewide races that will be closely watched for signs of how the state might swing in the 2020 presidential election.

As in many GOP races across the country, candidates in the Republican primary competed to prove their loyalty to President Trump. In the state's 9th Congressional District, Steve Ferrara, the former Navy chief medical officer, won the GOP nomination to face Greg Stanton, Phoenix's Democratic former mayor.

Democrats are hoping the GOP electorate's rightward march and embrace of outsiders result in a runoff win for Tulsa mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt over former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. Stitt criticized his opponent as insufficiently supportive of Trump. Whoever wins will be the favorite this fall in the open seat against Democratic nominee Drew Edmondson, the state's former attorney general.

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