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Three GOP candidates vying for the Senate nomination in Arizona
President Trump has not endorsed a candidate in the Arizona Senate primary race; talk-radio host Garrett Lewis shares his perspective on the race.
Arizona Republicans to the polls go on Tuesday to decide who will replace the winner of one of the most bruising primaries in this election campaign as a candidate to fight for the party vigorously to outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake.
In the race, two-term Rep. Martha McSally as the leader, as she struggles, and challenges from the right in the forms of former state Sen. Kelli Ward and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. But who wins the primary face of a tough democratic challenge, as Democrats eye the state as one that can be reversed, and in November.
While McSally is the establishment’s favorite, she also has a tough stance on immigration, the backup Trump border wall and focused much of their campaign on the border problems. In spite of Flake outspoken opposition is against the President, none of his challengers followed his example, and all three have their support for the trump.
“I have the strongest record of voting with President Trump, long before I was in the Senate,” McSally on Fox News this month said, although she criticized Trump in the election of 2016.
The town has long been a populist voice in the state where you will have a challenge against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, had to start in 2016. But Ward’s campaign, which has been damaged by the candidacy of Arpaio, whose entry into the race meant a municipality to cover its right flank rather than on McSally.
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Arpaio served six terms as sheriff of Maricopa County, and became a national figure for his stance on immigration and crime. He lost his 2016 re-election bid after he was convicted of contempt of court for the continuation of the “racial profiling” in his Department, the hunt for illegal immigrants.
He was pardoned last year by Trump, again and again, Arpaio praised during his presidential campaign
McSally was also helped by trump, who has not been involved in the race by supporting one of her more right-wing opponents. A number of surveys show McSally with a significant lead over her two opponents.
For this reason, Fox News Power Rankings this week found released that McSally more open path to the nomination strengthens and weakens likely opponent, Rep. Krysten Sinema, for the election to the Bundestag. As a result, the race rating change from “Lean Democrat Toss” to “”.
To turn the primary race was known for its tendency to evil.
McSally and community traded jabs in July in a debate at The Arizona Republic, beat each other over credentials and who has more solid political positions. The attacks have also personally at one point.
“And you know, I’m not a trained killer,” said Ward in reference to McSally’s military service. “I’m a trained problem-solver. I’m a trained healer. And I think that is what we need in Washington.”
Ward’s husband has also said that Arpaio, 86, is unlikely to live long enough to serve out a full term.
“They bring out. How much deeper can you get?” Arpaio said.
McSally, ahead in the polls, has already begun to turn their attention to Sinema, and released an ad this week hitting Sinema for the protesters in a pink outfit, while McSally served in the army after 9/11.
“While we were there, in harm’s way in uniform, Kyrsten Sinema protesting was us in a pink tutu and denigration of our service,” McSally says.
Sinema, meanwhile, said that the ad had to fight a character McSally in the elementary school.
“If the Congresswoman McSally fight to win so much, what should Republic a simple primary, it’s hard to imagine what level you will stoop down to said to be the next” James Owens, Sinema spokesman in a statement to The Arizona.
Fox News’ Alicia Acuna, Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Chris Stirewalt and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.