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McSally, Kelly secure party nods in Arizona Senate race

Posted On: Aug 5, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

PHOENIX - Republican Sen. Martha McSally and Democratic astronaut Mark Kelly secured their parties' nominations Tuesday in the Arizona race to finish the late John McCain's U.S. Senate term.
It sets up a heated contest between two former combat pilots in one of the most expensive and spirited Senate races of 2020. The race will test Democrats' growing strength in sprawling Sun Belt suburbs and Republican efforts to blame China for the coronavirus outbreak.
In early returns, a conservative challenger to McSally, businessman Daniel McCarthy, garnered about 20% of the vote with his anti-establishment message and an appeal to voters who feel the government is overreacting to the pandemic. McCarthy spent only about $500,000 and was not well known, so his share of the Republican vote suggests that McSally still has work to do to win over the GOP's conservative base despite President Donald Trump's endorsement.
Kelly faced only a write-in opponent for the Democratic nomination. He's married to former U.S. Rep....

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