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John McCain's death shadows Republican primary in Arizona

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McSally, a former fighter pilot, had been favored to prevail over the two conservatives who have split the anti-establishment vote.

Flake did have good words for McSally, however, telling reporters just prior to the election that he hopes McSally takes the seat.

Now McSally will face Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow USA representative who easily won her primary, in the race to fill the seat being vacated by Senator Jeff Flake. Former state Sen. Kelli Ward walked back comments late Monday about the timing of the McCain family announcing he was stopping medical treatment and a tweet saying political correctness is a cancer. "Arizonans are also reflecting on Senator John McCain's lifetime of service and the example he has set for us", she said.

Also running for the Senate nomination is former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a controversial immigration hardliner.

On immigration, for example, McSally responded to Ward and Arpaio's conservative views by pulling her support for a moderate immigration bill in Congress in favor of a more conservative plan.

Under state law, the replacement named by Ducey would assume McCain's seat through the 2020 USA general election but would need to run for election that year to fill out the rest of McCain's term, which ends in January 2023.

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Businesswoman Barbara Barrett, 67, is a former US ambassador to Finland who unsuccessfully ran for Arizona governor in 1994 as the first Republican woman to seek that office. Such a scenario could leave McSally in a weak position heading into a general election campaign against the likely Democratic nominee, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

Trump has not endorsed any of the three Republicans.

Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will appoint a member of his own party to succeed McCain.

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

The last time Florida Democrats won the state's governorship was in 1994. A united Democratic Party in Florida is vital to break the nearly two decades-long GOP rule in Tallahassee, and with at least seven Republican-held congressional districts at play to flip, control of Congress may hinge on it as well.

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.

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Trump's post-midnight tweet came after Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) was declared the victor in a hard-fought GOP primary to replace Flake, a frequent Trump critic who decided not to seek reelection this year amid lackluster polling numbers.

Polls have shown a close race.

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

But in a major upset, Graham lost the gubernatorial primary to Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who had the endorsement of Bernie Sanders and top liberal donors George Soros and Tom Steyer.

The Republican victor will face whoever emerges from a crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary field led by moderate former US Representative Gwen Graham, the daughter of Bob Graham, a former Florida governor and US senator.

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