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Navy vet Steve Ferrara wins GOP nomination take on former Phoenix mayor in AZ-9

A Navy veteran and doctor has won the Republican nomination to take on former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.

The GOP recruited Steve Ferrara into the three-way Republican primary, and he ran a good fundraising game even though the national party did not buy ad time for him and stopped promoting him months ago. That may be because the 9th — which includes the city of Phoenix — voted heavily against Trump in 2016 and is generally considered safe for Democrats in the general election.

Stanton ran unopposed for the seat, which was vacated by Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema so she could run for a Senate seat.

A Republican upset in November, however unlikely, would be a significant blow to Democrats’ hopes of retaking the House.

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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