PHOENIX (AP) – Congresswoman Martha McSally has won the Republican primary for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat.
She defeated former state Sen. Kelli Ward, a Lake Havasu resident, and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Tuesday’s 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.
Arizona has an open Senate seat this cycle after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake decided to not run for re-election. The seat is considered a key pickup for Democrats in their bid to take control of the chamber.
McSally will face Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema in the November General Elections.