Martha McSally wins Arizona Republican Senate primary

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There were also new signs of diversity on the Democratic side.

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.

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. DeSantis has leaned heavily on his allegiance to Trump, even running an ad where he's "building a wall" and reading The Art of the Deal to his kids.

Trump carried Florida by just over 1 percentage point in 2016. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally to represent the Democratic and Republican parties, respectively, in the November general election.

"There's a pink wave building alongside Florida's blue wave", Graham, who would be Florida's first female governor, told supporters in Sarasota Monday. Bernie Sanders and many progressive groups. Or would voters choose a return to the party's more mainstream, establishment values?

Martha McSally won the GOP nomination for Arizona Senate, but the results show how divided the party is and the challenge that lies ahead.

Sinema and McSally's Senate runs also create House openings in Arizona, a fast-growing and increasingly diverse state where Democrats are eager to gain a foothold. Democrats are eyeing this race as a potential flip this year.

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Meanwhile, it would be wrong to assume that McSally's win is a repudiation of the tough rhetoric of her challengers, who essentially split the conservative vote.

In an interview Tuesday with MSNBC's Kasie Hunt, Arpaio was asked if considered McCain, a war hero who died over the weekend following a long battle with brain cancer, to be a patriot. Arizona's vote count is surprisingly slow, but with 59% of precincts reporting this morning, Sinema has slightly over 80% of the Democratic primary vote, and has won every county. Four others in Florida also won Tuesday. The Democrats' total was about 33 percent of Hillary Clinton's 2016 turnout. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey could also be vulnerable this fall. DeSantis has the endorsement of President Trump.

There was less drama on the Senate side in battleground Florida, but the stage is now set for what will likely be the nation's most expensive midterm contest.

McSally and Sinema will face off in the general election for Jeff Flake's Senate seat on November 6.

Scott, an independently wealthy businessman, has already spent more than $27 million on the race compared to Nelson's $6 million. On the Republican side, the endorsement from the Miami Herald could propel former Doral councilwoman Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, who claims to have been abducted by aliens, to a stronger-than expected finish as she and several other Republicans try to catch front-runner Maria Elvira Salazar, a former TV reporter. Democrats aren't so lucky.

The nominations, of course, do not mean the candidates will continue to re-write history. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum could surprise Democrats here.

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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