Wednesday, August 25, 2010; 7:24 AM
In Arizona, Sen. John McCain trounced former Rep. J.D. Hayworth in the state's Republican primary, a victory that virtually ensures the 2008 GOP presidential nominee will return to the Senate for a fifth term next year.
The size of McCain's margin over Hayworth was large but belied the danger that many in the Arizona Senator's inner circle perceived in the challenge from Hayworth earlier this year. McCain spent more than $21 million in the race -- primarily on television ads that both shored up his conservative credentials and cast Hayworth as something short of credible.
McCain will face Tucson City Councilman Rodney Glassman (D) this fall.
Despite a bumpy election road littered with dirty Internet sites and aggressive campaign commercials, Ben Quayle (son of the former Vice President) secured the Republican nomination in Arizona's 3rd Congressional District yesterday.
Quayle, 33, raised more than $1.3 million to beat out eight other candidates.
Quayle was dogged by a series of political gaffes during the election. Born in Indiana, Quayle moved to Arizona with his wife. The couple has no children, but a campaign mailer showed Quayle hugging two girls. It read, "We are going to raise our family here." The girls were his nieces. One rival claimed Quayle rented a family.
A week after the mailer went out, another rival accused Quayle of writing on a Web site titled DirtyScotsdale.com. At first the conservative Quayle denied he had anything to do with the racy Web site, but he later admitted he had posted comments to help the Web site's founder drive traffic to the site.
One comment attributed to Quayle read, "My moral compass is so broken I can barely find the parking lot."
Toward the final week of the campaign, Quayle released a strongly worded campaign ad, calling President Obama the worst president in history and saying, "Someone has to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place."
The Arizona voters seemed to think Quayle would be the one to do that job.
Read more analysis of last night's races in The Fix here.
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