McSally, Sinema to run for Flake’s Senate seat in November

McSally, Sinema to run for Flake’s Senate seat in November

Welcome to the Conservative Review election night live blog!

Polls closed in Arizona on Tuesday, where Republicans on Tuesday will decide a three-way battle over which candidate to nominate to replace the state's junior U.S. Senator, who is retiring because he has no political future after criticizing President Trump.

Trump has weighed in for Rep. Ron DeSantis in the Republican primary, complete with a campaign rally and the requisite tweeting. McCain, who represented Arizona in both houses of Congress for more than 30 years, wasn't exactly embraced by any of the candidates in the race - Ward, GOP Rep. Martha McSally or former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Stick with us as the results pour in. Putnam has painted DeSantis as exclusively a Trump puppet who doesn't know Florida issues.

After President Donald Trump's repeated squabbles with Arizona Sen. Most recently, Ward - who unsuccessfully challenged McCain in his 2016 primary - suggested on Friday that a statement from McCain's family saying he was ending treatments for brain cancer was timed to hurt her campaign. She's played up her allegiance to Trump but faces two outspoken conservative opponents: Former state Sen. The seat is considered a key pickup for Democrats in their bid to take control of the chamber, meaning the general election will be among the closest-watched Senate races in the nation between now and November. 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.

Polls have shown Sinema with narrow leads over McSally and a wider gap between her and the other two candidates.

Arpaio, who was pardoned by Trump previous year after being found in criminal contempt of court for continuing his immigration sweeps for 17 months after a judge ordered him to stop, found himself embroiled in a new batch of controversy.

"The entire campaign has been defined by the effort to show who is the better, more enthusiastic supporter of the president", said Stan Barnes, a veteran Republican strategist in Arizona.

Trump has intervened in multiple GOP primaries this year but has so far stayed out of the Arizona Senate race. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott is all but set, and the biggest intrigue tonight is who will face off to succeed the outgoing governor. Trump has not endorsed in the race, but he has had praise for McSally. But Mr Trump won Arizona by less than five points in 2016, and the demographics of the state - which borders Mexico - are trending in favour of Democrats as more Latinos come of voting age. Tonight's Democratic victor and the margin of victory will say a lot about the left in Florida. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum could become the state's first black governor, and either former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine or billionaire Jeff Greene could be the state's second Jewish governor. "We encourage any voter who wants to cast their ballot to be in line at any of your designated polling places by 7 p.m. and their vote will be counted".

Republicans picked the candidate backed by the party establishment and seen by analysts as the GOP's best chance at holding the open seat in what is shaping up to be a hard election for the party.

Oklahoma is also holding a runoff election to determine who will be the Republican gubernatorial nominee. Whoever wins will be the favorite this fall in the open seat against Democratic nominee Drew Edmondson, the state's former attorney general.

After yesterday's primaries, only five states remain to pick candidates before full attention turns to the November election, when all 435 House seats, 35 Senate seats and 36 governors' offices will be at stake.