Arizona’s primary is in the books.  Republican Senator John McCain trounced his opponents with 52 percent of the vote giving him a chance at his 6th term.  His Democratic rival Ann Kirkpatrick won her spot unopposed with 100 percent of the vote.  The two will face off in November’s General Election.  Maricopa

County Sheriff Joe Arpaio crushed his opponents despite his legal troubles with 66 percent of the vote.  The “America’s Toughest Sheriff” will take on Democrat Paul Penzone.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu won the U.S. House District 1 Republican Primary with 32 percent of the vote.  If Babeu wins in November, he will be the first openly gay congressman to take office.  Democrat Tom O’Halleran took home a win for the 1st Congressional District for the Democratic Primary.   Republican Martha McSally brought it all home at 100 percent running unopposed for the U.S. House District 2 Republican primary.  Her counterpart, Matt Heinz snagged it from Victoria Steele by a six point margin.  Longtime Congressman Raul Grijalva secured District 3 with no challengers.  Republican Paul Gosar put away his foe with 71 percent of the vote for District 4.  Democrat Mikel Weisser for U.S. House District 4 secured every vote unopposed.  U.S. House District 5 is a horse race with Christine Jones coming out on top by a hair over Andy Biggs with 30 percent of the vote compared to  Biggs 29 percent of the vote. 

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell is struggling to keep her job.  She’s in a dead heat with Aaron Flannery.  With 99 percent reporting, Flannery has about 200 more votes. 

The General Election is November 8.

Kris Dugan