Days After McCain's Death, Arizonans Head To Polls In State Primary

Ebony Scott
August 29, 2018

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Both Ward and Arpaio have stoked plenty of controversy in the past, and that has Republicans anxious about their hold on the seat if either becomes the nominee. Jeff Flake even though he's refrained from endorsing any of the three candidates. Gov. Doug Ducey will be tasked with appointing the senior senator's replacement, but has said that he will not do so until McCain is laid to rest later this week. McCain died Saturday after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

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History is on McSally's side, as Arizona has not elected a Democratic senator since the late 1980s. 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.

The problem for Putnam may be that in 2016, he was among the many Republican establishment figures who expressed reservations about Trump publicly.

Arizona's other Senate seat, which was filled by McCain, will not be elected on until 2020.

In a state whose electoral votes went to Trump, the Republican nominee could use voters' support for the president to their advantage.

A national poll from June highlighted the shifting views on McCain.

Arizona is traditionally a red or Republican state. Kelli Ward, who tried unsuccessfully to unseat McCain in 2016. John McCain and selected a far-right conspiracy theorist as one of her surrogates.

On Monday, Ward tweeted, "Political correctness is like a cancer!"

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Trump spared Arpaio a possible jail sentence previous year by pardoning his federal conviction stemming from his immigration patrols.

Many political observers predicted McSally would emerge as the nominee with Ward and Arpaio splitting up the state's most conservative voters. While Trump hasn't endorsed a candidate in the Senate race, he's spoken favorably about McSally and she's appeared alongside the president at the White House.

McSally has already launched advertising aimed at her likely Democratic opponent in November, US Representative Kyrsten Sinema.

Now Sinema will continue to campaign until November 6, when voters in Arizona will pick their representative. If she's victorious, Democrats could pick up an Arizona Senate seat for the first time since Dennis DiConcini left office in 1995.

Control of the Senate could also be determined by the November Senate race in Florida, which will pit term-limited Republican Governor Rick Scott against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.

"What makes this race unique is that in nearly every criteria, they're equally qualified in terms of money and campaign experience", she said. They offer another test of President Donald Trump's imprint on the Republican Party. But Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the favorite of the in-state GOP establishment, has done his best Trump impression, with broadsides against "fake news" and dubbing himself an "NRA sellout".

But Ward dominated headlines leading up to the primary. "This is going to be a hard-fought general election", Flake said. Bob Graham. But she still faces several primary challengers, including Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who has gotten progressive support from the likes of Vermont Sen. "It's up to all of us to follow his lead of always putting country over party".

"I do understand how many could have misconstrued my comments as insensitive, and for this I apologize", Ward said.

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 has attacked Cornett as not being supportive enough of Trump or his immigration policies, while the former mayor has cast Stitt as a newcomer to Republican politics.

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