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Primary Elections Held in Arizona and Florida

During a television news interview Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz. shares memories of working with his fellow Arizona senator John McCain who died Saturday at age 81 of brain cancer on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday Aug. 28 2018. In today's Ariz MoreCloseclosemore
Patty Aguilar | 29 August, 2018, 15:52

Arizona Democrats are likely facing a tougher road in their effort to flip a Senate seat after Representative Martha McSally, the GOP Establishment favorite, won the Republican Senate primary on Tuesday.

Now McSally will face Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow USA representative who easily won her primary, in the race to fill the seat being vacated by Senator Jeff Flake.

McCain's death narrowed the number of Republican-held seats in the 100-member US Senate to 50, with Democrats controlling 49. Most statewide races come down to strong outreach and heavy media buys in Florida's diverse areas and media markets, but Trump's nod of approval may change that for Republicans. But his more moderate stance on immigration and his deciding vote past year against Trump's efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law turned off many GOP voters.

The hardcore anti-immigration Arpaio was pardoned a year ago by Trump after he was convicted of criminal contempt for defying a court order in a racial profiling case.

Many political observers predicted McSally would emerge as the nominee with Ward and Arpaio splitting up the state's most conservative voters.

Arizona is poised to have its first female U.S. Senator, according to Associated Press projections for a race between GOP's Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema with the Democratic Party. Trump won Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran's 1st District by 1 point, and Republicans have a crowded primary to see who will face him. John McCain, which has spurred a debate about how far the party has moved to the right since his failed 2008 bid for the presidency. Trump pardoned him and the former sheriff, an early backer of Trump's presidential push, holds himself out as the true Trump loyalist in the race. In Florida, the Senate contest is already set, but both parties will select their nominees for governor in what is expected to be a competitive race in November.

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.

Nine Democrats are vying to succeed Ros-Lehtinen, including Donna Shalala, who served as President Bill Clinton's Health and Human Services secretary, and Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, a former city councilwoman who claims she was abducted by space aliens as a child.

Nelson's seat is vital in the battle for Senate control; both he and GOP Gov. Rick Scott are expected to skate through the primary to the general. Graham's daughter, former Rep. Gwen Graham, is on the ballot this year and has been polling favorably leading up to the primary. When the senator was first diagnosed with brain cancer, Ward said he should step down so she could take his place.

The late August primary leaves 10 weeks before the general election.

Graham's top challengers include former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a progressive favorite endorsed by US Senator Bernie Sanders. "It's up to all of us to follow his lead of always putting country over party", the Democrat said.

Dr Tipirneni brings a data-driven, policy solution approach to the campaign, she said, which would attract independent voters. "It's gotten out of hand". Cornett is running on his government experience, while Stitt has campaigned as the outsider, self-funding his campaign and hitting Cornett for not supporting Trump enough.

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