Arizona Senate primary run in Trump's shadow

Pearl Mccarthy
August 29, 2018

With one notable exception, it was mostly a good night for front-runners.

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

Meanwhile, Democrats are campaigning on more funding for schools, which appeals to voters across the board. Gillum is more liberal, having earned the backing of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and many progressive groups.

Following her win Tuesday, President Trump praised McSally for her win and rejecting an endorsement from Senator Jeff Flake.

At the House level in the Sunshine State, primary challengers to three Democratic incumbents - all freshmen - fell short. Rep. Al Lawson swept aside former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, who had been critical of the congressman's record on guns. Stephanie Murphy, a GOP target, handily dispatched Chardo Richardson, who'd been backed by New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Both parties have their sights on flipping two Arizona House seats in November as well.

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

During the Republican primary, the candidates exchanged vicious insults while highlighting their closeness to the president.

McSally is favored because she has the support of the party establishment and their donors - she outspent her opponents 10-1 on the airwaves - and because opposition to her on the right is split between two insurgent candidates, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former State Senator Kelli Ward. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is expected to easily win the Democratic primary on Tuesday. 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.

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

McSally calls suggestions that she's changed on Trump - whom she criticized while running for re-election during 2016 in a district that voted for Hillary Clinton - "a false narrative".

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That may have implications for the 2020 race and Doug Ducey's appointment of a replacement for John McCain, too. Sinema announced that she was pausing her campaign Wednesday and Thursday, when McCain's body will lie in Arizona's Capitol. "I, on the other hand, have 100 combat missions", she said. His strong support from the northern panhandle through the Gulf Coast in the South could prove that a tweet is mightier than the door knock.

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is the latest candidate on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program to win a party primary this cycle.

The GOP total came to nearly 35 percent of what Trump won in Florida in 2016.

McSally will face U.S. Rep. Krysten Sinema, D-Ariz., in the November election as they seek the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. She launched a coordinated television ad with the DCCC ahead of the primary. Gabrielle Giffords and Ron Barber.

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