McCain death leaves Republicans lined up behind Trump

Primary day in Florida and Arizona [UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT]

Republican Rep. Martha McSally is the Washington establishment's favorite, with a resume that includes time as an Air Force colonel.

McSally, an air force fighter pilot, easily defeated Kelli Ward, a hardline former state senator, and Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff whose criminal conviction was pardoned by Donald Trump past year, when they split the anti-establishment vote.

The results could be mixed. With more than one-third of the vote counted.

But Ward's candidacy forced McSally, once viewed as a relatively centrist candidate, to veer to the right on border security and immigration issues.

Democrats need to capture two seats from Republicans to take control of the Senate in the November 6 congressional elections and halt Trump's legislative agenda. Doug Jones (D), who defeated a Trump-backed GOP challenger, Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreThere's a boost in black turnout, especially among black women voters Brett Kavanaugh is on side of Supreme Court on voting laws Wyoming treasurer wins GOP gubernatorial nod, beating Trump-backed rival MORE. DeSantis has the endorsement of President Trump.

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. The state voted for Trump by 3.5 percentage points in 2016, but Democrats are buoyed both by its rapidly diversifying electorate and by a national political environment favoring their candidates. So if DeSantis wins, it'll be another sign of Trump's stamp on the GOP.

In addition, Oklahoma was yesterday holding a primary runoff to determine the Republican nominee for governor, as no candidate hit the 50% threshold needed to advance to the general election in the June primary.

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Trump has also denied having sex with the second woman, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels , whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Trevor Potter is the president of the Campaign Legal Center and a Republican former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

Democrats, meanwhile, have their own choice of philosophies and personalities. If either Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum or activist Michael Hepburn can beat their better-known opponents, it would be a boost to the progressive movement, but it also might hurt Democrat's chances of flipping a vulnerable governor's mansion and House seat.

With no runoff required, the victor will immediately have to shore up support within the party. The conservative Koch network has identified the Senate seat as a top target, and outside groups on both sides are expected to dump millions more in the contest. The victor will be the first female senator in Arizona.

That measure is a useful way to assess which party is more excited about a midterm election, and it's particularly useful in Florida because the state limits primaries only to voters registered by party. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala is the Democratic front-runner, while Republicans hope that TV anchor Maria Elvira Salazar is their nominee and could put up a fight in the Hispanic-majority district.

Weekend events could cast a pall over contests in both states, though. Petersburg area, home to two of the most populous presidential swing counties in the country?

Now McSally will face Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow US representative who easily won her primary, in the race to fill the seat being vacated by Senator Jeff Flake.

"She has been as moderate as she can be", Mr Khalaf said. Stitt is using his personal fortune to attack Cornett for not being sufficiently loyal to Trump and his administration.

A Democratic victory in the Senate race could suggest the state could be up for grabs in 2020.

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