Martha McSally wins Arizona Republican Senate primary


The primary election on Tuesday was the end of a months-long campaign season to fill the seat for U.S. Sen.

Dr Tipirneni, 50, who was born in Mumbai but came to the U.S. at the age of three, shot to prominence when, in a special election in April to replace a Republican who resigned after a scandal, she contested as a complete unknown but came very close to defeating her Republican rival Ms Debbie Lesko, whom she will face again in November. However, the race to replace Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who clashed with President Trump and has one of the worst state approval ratings of any senator in the chamber.

The GOP Senate primary to replace Flake has pushed candidates to the right in order to woo voters, and that could hamper Republican efforts to hang on to the seat this fall.

And in Florida, a shooting in Jacksonville on Sunday could amplify the issue of gun control in many races this fall following the attack at a Parkland, Fla., high school earlier this year that killed 17 students and staff.

Deedra Abboud was also in the running for the Democratic Party seat, while the highly-contested Republican Party seat was also sought out by former state Sen. But Democrats were in a festive mood, as results showed that voter turnout, usually damp in mid-term elections, had edged up by around 5 per cent according to Ms Felecia Rotellini, the party's state chairman. The outcome guarantees Arizona will elect its first female senator in November. Then she turned sharply to her opponent, who she nicknamed "Hollywood Sinema" in a jab at the Democrat's transformation from liberal to moderate. Kelli Ward, who lost to McCain in a 2016 primary, and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the 86-year-old immigration hawk once convicted of criminal contempt of court but pardoned by Trump.

A Trump ally there is looking for a boost from an endorsement by the president in his race for governor against the more establishment choice. Will it be south Florida Democrats or panhandle Republicans who turn out in numbers closer to presidential year voting?

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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. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott is all but set, and the biggest intrigue tonight is who will face off to succeed the outgoing governor.

"This is how I see this campaign", McSally said. Trump has not endorsed in the race, but he has had praise for McSally.

Pragmatic centrists are hoping for Gwen Graham, the former congresswoman and daughter of Florida political icon Bob Graham, who served as governor and senator.

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. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum could become the state's first black governor, and either former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine or billionaire Jeff Greene could be the state's second Jewish governor. "It's up to all of us to follow his lead of always putting country over party".

Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and mortgage company executive Kevin Stitt will go against each other in the GOP gubernatorial runoff.