NBC News reports:
Rep. Martha McSally has defeated Kelli Ward and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the Arizona Republican Senate primary on Tuesday night, NBC News projects. McSally, a former fighter pilot, had been favored to prevail over the two conservatives who have split the anti-establishment vote. But McSally tacked far to the right in the primary, which could cause problems for her in what is expected to be a tough race against Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in November.
Ward lost a nasty primary against McCain in 2016, and returned this year to challenge Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. But when he decided not to run for reelection, and Arpaio got in, Ward had a tougher time consolidating the pro-Trump conservative vote. In the final days of her campaign, she launched a bus tour with Pizzagate conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich, and wondered aloud on Facebook if McCain’s family timed their decision to make the senator off medication in order to overshadow her campaign.
Vote Dr. Kelli Ward for U.S. Senate – https://t.co/N37mUf07vj
The GOP Establishment is pulling out the big bucks & big lies for Martha McSally. If you like McCain & Flake than vote for McSally. If you are sick of the Establishment & want a real conservative vote Dr. Kelli Ward. pic.twitter.com/iGXkEq3pmP
— Baron Capital MGT (@BaronCapitalMGT) August 20, 2018
Happy Kelli Ward gets crushed in the primary day
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) August 28, 2018
Kelli Ward, really?! How utterly stupid do you have to be to believe that @SenJohnMcCain ended medical treatment to spite you? This stupid: “I think they wanted to have a particular narrative that they hope is negative to me” #StupidLand https://t.co/HD64h3sJrW
— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) August 28, 2018
Maybe some 400 pound hacker in his parents’ basement fixed the election? pic.twitter.com/DakmKPAgCm
— Spin Doctor (@SpinDr) August 29, 2018
— Steven Hsieh (@stevenjhsieh) August 29, 2018
The #AZPrimary today will determine whether or not @realDonaldTrump will have a true ally in the Senate or an imposter. Get out and #Vote — bring friends, family, and neighbors. I need your help – together, let's support #AmericaFirst.https://t.co/9QADgag9dG
— Sheriff Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) August 28, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) August 29, 2018