Arizona and Florida held primaries Tuesday, both of which tested Trump’s influence.
Democrats must hold on to Sen.
Cindy McCain has emerged among candidates to occupy the Arizona senate seat left vacant after her husband John died from brain cancer on Saturday. Which side will cast more ballots in the state’s battleground region along Interstate 4, particularly in the Tampa-St. Democrats are eyeing this race as a potential flip this year.
With the hard primary finally behind her, McSally turned her attention to Sinema at her election night party, lobbing Trump-style attacks.
Republican McSally is running for retiring Sen.
Trump has waded into Florida’s hotly contested Republican gubernatorial primary, endorsing conservative US Representative Ron DeSantis over Adam Putnam, the state agriculture commissioner and a former US congressman.
If a Democratic wave is coming to Florida, it may have to be supplied by independents.
Earlier this year, she removed her name from a bill she had co-sponsored that offered a path to citizenship for so-called “Dreamers”, young illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. The two insurgent campaigns have feuded with each other, as Arpaio hired two ex-Ward staffers in the final month who began pumping out anti-Ward posts on social media. Despite Trump’s support, DeSantis was not the strongest general election candidate in the race, operatives in both parties suggest.
– Arizona: Daniel Hernandez Jr. easily won the Democratic nomination in his bid for re-election to the State House.
Lest anyone mistake the above for an accurate report, Arizona’s governor is Doug Ducey, not Jaleel White (the latter being the name of an actor best known for playing the character Urkel in the 1990s television sitcom Family Matters). She’s expected to emerge from the three-way race, but it hasn’t been pretty. Steve Farley and Kelly Fryer, the CEO of the YWCA Southern Arizona.
Arizona’s Democratic nominee, who has served three terms in the House of Representatives as the only bisexual member of Congress, could now become the only openly bisexual person to ever be a Senator. Heinz charged that Kirkpatrick was a carpetbagger who was not liberal enough on issues such as gun control. The victor will be an immediate target of Republicans looking to keep control of the House. Democrats are feeling bullish because, while Flake saw his party moving too far in Trump’s direction for him to win the GOP primary, the president won Arizona overall by less than 4 points in 2016. The big drama will be in the primaries to replace Scott. But Trump’s surprise endorsement of DeSantis in December appears to give the congressman an edge heading into Tuesday’s contest.
Democrats, meanwhile, rejected the moderate Graham in favor of Gillum, a Bernie Sanders-backed progressive who championed “Medicare-for-all” single-payer health insurance. Democrats think any of the three can win, pointing to the slim margin they lost by in 2014. She seeks to fill the seat being vacated by pro-gay Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Tilts Democratic. On the Democratic side David Garcia was the projected victor, thrilling liberals who hope he can mobilize the state’s Hispanic population in November.
Only five states remain to pick candidates in early September before full attention turns to the November election, when all 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senate seats will be at stake. CNN ranks eight Florida races as vulnerable in November, only one of which is now held by a Democrat. David Garcia won the Democratic primary with barely over half of the votes Ducey got in his primary. On the other hand, her appointment might not sit well with the conservative base.
In Oklahoma, where term-limited Republican Mary Fallin is America’s least popular governor, Republicans on Tuesday nominated Tulsa businessman and political newcomer Kevin Stitt over Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.