ARIZONA: Martha McSally Wins GOP Senate Primary

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Representative Kyrsten Sinema won the Democratic primary yesterday in Arizona for the U.S. Senate seat left open by Jeff Flake (R), who is not seeking reelection.

HRC released the following statement on the victory of pro-equality U.S. Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema in the Arizona primary. In the final days of her campaign, she launched a bus tour with Pizzagate conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich, and wondered aloud on Facebook if McCain's family timed their decision to make the senator off medication in order to overshadow her campaign. John McCain's ailing health caused a last-minute controversy.

Sinema, 42, won her primary with an overwhelming 80.5 percent of the vote. If the Democrats want to take back the Senate, they'll have to hold all their seats and take two more. "Now Martha, a great U.S. Military fighter jet pilot and highly respected member of Congress, WINS BIG".

Dr Tipirneni, 50, who was born in Mumbai but came to the USA 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. McSally's campaign also looked to clean up her track record on the issue by removing a video on YouTube of her defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Last year, HRC announced a coast-to-coast campaign called HRC Rising, which represents the largest grassroots expansion in the organization's 38-year history.

Flake did not formally endorse McSally in the GOP primary in Arizona, where three candidates vied for the chance to replace him in the Senate.

The conservative DeSantis easily won the Republican primary over state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam by highlighting his enthusiastic loyalty to Trump, whose endorsement he won in recent weeks.

Switching gears to Arizona's gubernatorial race - incumbent Governor Doug Ducey secured his position in the Republican primary, defeating Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett. HRC has prioritized investments and organizing in Arizona in the 2018 cycle, and has put staff and resources on the ground in the state. It sets up the two states as key tests of the national political environment in November's midterm elections. 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 a choice between a doer and a talker ... between a patriot and a protestor", McSally wrote on Twitter after her win Tuesday night.

"What makes this race unique is that in nearly every criteria, they're equally qualified in terms of money and campaign experience", she said. Ducey appointed her to the state Board of Regents in June 2017.

Democrats describe Edmondson's time in office as 'someone who fights for the little guy.' Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt will face off in the Republican runoff Tuesday.

Democrats have already nominated Drew Edmondson, former state attorney general.