The Latest: Shedd wins GOP nomination in 1st District

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Arizona's primary election (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

Tiffany Shedd has won the Republican nomination to the 1st Congressional District.

Shedd, an Eloy farmer, defeated Nolan Reidhead, a lawyer and Payson native who lives outside the district in Tucson. Republicans have unsuccessfully tried to win the district that includes Flagstaff and the Navajo Nation and swings south and west to parts of Pinal and Pima counties for the past four elections.

Shedd faces Democratic incumbent Tom O'Halleran.

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12:35 a.m.

Joan Greene has won the Democratic primary in the heavily Republican 5th Congressional District covering the southeastern suburbs of Phoenix, including parts of Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek.

Greene, a small business owner, defeated musician and educator Jon Ireland and tribal lawyer Javier Ramos. She will take on GOP incumbent Rep. Andy Biggs, who faced no primary challenge and is a strong general election favorite.

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12:25 a.m.

Brandon Martin has won the Republican primary in the 2nd Congressional District.

The GOP hopes to wrest away the district that covers parts of Pima and Cochise counties from Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.

Besides Martin, Republicans in the race were Morgan Joseph and Noran Eric Ruden. Martin lost in the district’s 2018 primary, Joseph works for a local community college and Ruden is a business owner.

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12:20 a.m.

Rep. Tom O'Halleran has won the Democratic primary in the 1st Congressional District.

O’Halleran faced a spirited challenge from progressive Eva Putzova, who painted O’Halleran as a GOP-leaning Democrat.

O’Halleran is one of the more moderate Democrats in the U.S. House, a stance that has seen him elected twice in the sprawling swing district. It runs from Flagstaff east to the Navajo Nation and sweeps south and then west to take in parts of Pinal County and a slice of northern Pima County.

District voters have only elected Democrats to the House since 2011 redistricting.

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10:25 p.m.

The head of the Arizona Senate’s education committee has lost her seat representing the 6th Legislative District. Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen, a longtime lawmaker from Snowflake, lost to retired Air Force pilot Wendy Rogers.

Rogers had run for Congress several times before eyeing the state Senate. More than $1 million was spent on the race. Allen had served two stints in the Senate, from 2008-2012 and again following the 2014 election.

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9:40 p.m.

Scottsdale state Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita has defeated a well-funded challenger in the 23rd Legislative District. Attorney Alex Kolodin had attacked her in the Republican primary for being a “scandal-plagued” career politician. Ugenti-Rita and her now-husband were accused of sexually harassing a female lobbyist, which she denies. Ugenti-Rita is a longtime lawmaker whose harassment allegations against former Rep. Don Shooter led to his expulsion.

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9:25 p.m.

Michael Muscato has won the Democratic primary in the heavily Republican 8th Congressional District that spans the west Phoenix suburbs. Also on the ticket were Bob Musselwhite and Bob Olson. Muscato will take on Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko in November. Lesko did not face a primary challenge and is strongly favored to hold onto the conservative district in November.

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9:20 p.m.

Dave Giles has won the Republican primary in the 9th Congressional District, a Democratic stronghold that takes in Tempe and parts of the eastern Phoenix suburbs. The race featured the Gilbert business consultant against Chandler City Councilman Sam Huang and Phoenix pharmacist Nicholas Tutora. Democratic Rep. Greg Stanton faced no primary opposition and advanced automatically.

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9:10 p.m.

Hiral Tipirneni has won the Democratic primary race in the 6th Congressional District and will take on Republican Rep. David Schweikert in November.

The four-way Democratic race featured Tipirneni, who is a physician who earned name identification in 2018 by running in the 8th District. She outraised the other three Democrats on the ballot.

She bested tech entrepreneur Anita Malik, who challenged the Republican incumbent in 2018. Rounding out the field were business owner Stephanie Rimmer and Karl Gentles, a public relations agency owner.

Democrats consider Schweikert vulnerable in the strongly GOP district because of ethics violations, though he did not face a primary challenge and automatically advanced to the November general election. The affluent district covers parts of North Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.

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8:55

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar has secured his party’s nomination for another term in the massive 4th Congressional District. Gosar fended off a challenge from former teacher and current business owner Anne Marie Ward. He’s strongly favored to hold onto the seat in November. The conservative district runs from northern Phoenix suburbs northwest to the California-Nevada line.

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8:50 p.m.

Delina DiSanto has won the Democratic primary in the 4th Congressional District.

The race featured the registered nurse and business owner against educator Stuart Starky. The district runs from northern Phoenix suburbs northwest to the California-Nevada line. It’s a heavily Republican district represented by conservative Rep. Paul Gosar.

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8:45 p.m.

Incumbent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick has fended off a primary challenge from an underfunded Democrat to advance to the November general election in the 2nd Congressional District.

Kirkpatrick faced political newcomer Peter Quilter in her bid for a second term in the district. She previously represented the 1st District before stepping aside to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

She announced in January that she was taking time off from her congressional duties to seek treatment for alcohol dependence after she was seriously injured in a fall.

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8:10 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona has defeated a conservative businessman who challenged her for the Republican nomination to finish the late John McCain’s U.S. Senate term.

McSally held a big lead over Daniel McCarthy in Tuesday’s Arizona primary.

McSally was a trailblazing woman in the U.S. Air Force, the first woman to fly in combat and to lead a fighter squadron out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. More recently, she revealed a darker side of her military career, disclosing last year that she was raped by a superior officer.

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8 p.m.

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly has secured the Democratic nomination in Arizona to finish the late John McCain’s U.S. Senate term.

Kelly faced only a write-in opponent in Tuesday’s primary. It was an easy path to the nomination after other prominent Democrats decided not to run.

Kelly flew combat missions for the Navy during Operation Desert Storm before becoming a test pilot and later an astronaut. He flew four missions to the International Space Station.

He later founded a gun-control advocacy organization with his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in an attempted assassination during a constituent event in Tucson.

He’s expected to face Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who faces a long-shot challenge for the Republican nomination from businessman Daniel McCarthy.

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7 p.m.

Polls have closed in Arizona's primary election as voters turned out in high numbers to choose candidates for a nationally watched U.S. Senate race, nine U.S. House seats and all 90 seats in the state Legislature.

Officials with the Secretary of State's office say turnout appears high and they've heard of no major problems accessing the polls.

Most people vote by mail in Arizona and Maricopa County Elections Department spokeswoman Megan Gilbertson says more than 700,000 mail-in or early voting location ballots were cast in the state’s most populous county before Election Day. Nearly 40,000 people had gone to the Phoenix-area polls as of mid-afternoon Tuesday to vote in-person.

The first results will be released just after 8 p.m.

Top races include the Republican U.S. Senate primary race between Sen. Martha McSally and challenger Daniel McCarthy. Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut and the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, faces only a write-in opponent for the Democratic nomination.

Democratic and Republican candidates for nine U.S. House districts and all 60 state House and Senate seats are also being decided.

Republican voter Carol Santiago of Phoenix said she voted in person partly because she agrees with concerns President Donald Trump has raised about ballot security. Democrat Akil Zakariya voted in person only because he didn’t request a mail ballot in time. He called Trump’s worries “propaganda.”

5:15 p.m.

With two hours before polls close in Arizona’s primary election, officials with the Secretary of State’s office say turnout appears high and they’ve heard of no major problems accessing the polls.

Secretary of State spokeswoman Sophia Solis says they expect record turnout for a primary by the time polls close across the state at 7 p.m.

Most people vote by mail in Arizona and Maricopa County Elections Department spokeswoman Megan Gilbertson says more than 700,000 mail-in or early voting location ballots have already been tallied in the state's largest county. Nearly 40,000 people have gone to the Phoenix-area polls so far Tuesday to vote in-person.

The first results will be relased just after 8 p.m.

Top races include the Republican U.S. Senate primary race between Sen. Martha McSally and challenger Daniel McCarthy. Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut and the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, faces only a write-in opponent for the Democratic nomination.

Democratic and Republican candidates for nine U.S. House districts and all 60 state House and Senate seats are also being decided.

Republican voter Carol Santiago of Phoenix said she voted in person partly because she agrees with concerns President Donald Triump has raised about ballot security. Democrat Akil Zakariya voted in person only because he didn't request a mail balot in time. He called Trump's worries “propaganda.”

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7 a.m.

Polling places have opened across Arizona for the state's primary election and are scheduled to remain open until 7 p.m.

Tuesday's election features few big-ticket races and most Arizona voters who plan to cast a ballot have already done so.

Election officials across the state encouraged voters to request a mail ballot, and some areas expanded options for early voting to reduce crowds on Election Day.

But those showing up to vote in person will find it looks different than elections of the past as the tradition of casting a ballot adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic.

Maricopa County election officials dropped assigned polling places in metro Phoenix and instead set up 99 vote centers that accommodate all voters in the county, regardless of where they live.

The county shifted many sites from smaller libraries, community centers and churches to larger venues like convention centers, malls and retail facilities.

In Tucson, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez advised people to look up their poll location on the recorder’s website.