Kyrsten Sinema wins Democratic primary election for US Senate seat

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John McCain, Arizona voters are nominating candidates to replace his seat-mate in a primary contest that lays bare the fissures in a Republican Party dramatically remade by President Donald Trump.

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. The two insurgent campaigns have feuded with each other, as Arpaio hired two ex-Ward staffers in the final month who began pumping out anti-Ward posts on social media. At FiveThirtyEight, Nathaniel Rakich says, correctly I think, that Democrats may be hurting in the general election if Gillum takes down Graham. "She seems like she'd be the most upfront, the most forward". She moved to the right - backing away from a bill to protect Dreamers, embracing the border wall, and labeling outlets "fake news" - but still hasn't said if she voted for Trump in 2016. Jeff Flake, who announced a year ago that he would not seek re-election.

In a statement acknowledging her primary win, Sinema made no mention of her opponent. "It's up to all of us to follow his lead of always putting country over party". Ms. McSally held a moment of silence for Mr. McCain at her victory rally, before tearing into Ms. Sinema. "Independents are looking for problem solvers, not ideologues", she said.

But much of McSally's speech was a lacerating attack on Sinema.

"I do understand how many could have misconstrued my comments as insensitive, and for this I apologize", Ward said. "It's a choice between a doer and a talker, between a patriot and a protester".

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McSally, an air force fighter pilot, easily defeated Kelli Ward, a hardline former state senator, and Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff whose criminal conviction was pardoned by Donald Trump previous year, when they split the anti-establishment vote. On the Democratic side David Garcia was the projected victor, thrilling liberals who hope he can mobilize the state's Hispanic population in November.

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

Martha McSally beat back two conservative hardliners on Tuesday night, securing the Republican nomination in the state's hotly contested upcoming Senate race. "This is going to be a hard-fought general election", Flake said. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally to represent the Democratic and Republican parties, respectively, in the November general election. With a consistently conservative voting record, Arizonans elected McCain to the Senate six times, including in 2016.

While McSally has talked up her relationship with Trump on the stump, Arpaio and Ward have slammed her on it, claiming she's a duplicitous flip-flopper in the mold of Flake and Sen. In mid-August, McSally's campaign boasted about the president calling her "terrific" while introducing her at an event.

President Trump tangled on Twitter early Wednesday with retiring Sen.

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McCain was also considered an anomaly among the Republican party for publically speaking out against the president. Now, after McCain's death, Ducey's office announced they will not select a successor until after McCain's funeral.

The Republican primary, however, featured three significant and well-known candidates.

McSally and Sinema have both largely ended campaigning until after McCain's body leaves the state on Thursday.

On Monday, Ward tweeted, "Political correctness is like a cancer!"

A Democratic victory in the Senate race could suggest the state could be up for grabs in 2020.

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