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Arizona primaries: Martha McSally wins Republican Senate nomination

Posted at 8:43 PM, Aug 28, 2018

Representative Martha McSally has emerged from a contentious three-way primary to secure her party's nomination to replace Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reports.

FULL COVERAGE: Arizona primary results

McSally topped Dr. Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as polling done by OHPI/ABC15 indicated.

McSally will face fellow U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema in the general election, on November 6, after she defeated challenger Deedra Abboud in her own primary.

McSally is an Air Force veteran who was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat. She's represented a southern Arizona district covering parts of Tucson and rural Cochise County since 2015.

Many political observers predicted McSally would emerge as the nominee with Ward and Arpaio splitting the state's most conservative voters.