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Lizzie Fletcher defeats Laura Moser in bitter Democratic primary in Texas

One of the most bitter Democratic primaries of the year so far reached its conclusion Tuesday, when attorney Lizzie Fletcher defeated activist Laura Moser for the Democratic nomination in Texas’s 7th congressional district, a seat party leaders are hoping to flip in November.

With 63 percent of the precincts tallied, the Associated Press called the Democratic runoff for Fletcher, who led Moser 68 percent to 32 percent.

The race was a test how effective national Democratic Party leaders can be in weeding out candidates they deem to be poor choices for the general election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee published opposition research on Moser months ago, pointing to an item she penned in Washingtonian magazine in 2014 that said, “I’d sooner have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia” than live in Paris, Tex. They also highlighted other controversial comments and flagged that that she only recently moved to Texas.

Moser still made it into a runoff against Fletcher but was unable to build momentum during the next two months.

Fletcher will face Republican Rep. John Culberson.

Live primary results: Florida and Arizona, plus Oklahoma runoffs

There are big races today in Arizona and Florida. In both states, voters are picking their candidates for key Senate races, though in Florida the winners have looked clear for months. In Florida, voters in both parties are weighing in on their candidates for governor.

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, voters are choosing candidates in runoffs, including for the GOP nominee for governor.

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