The Associated Press has called Arizona’s Republican Senate primary for venture capitalist Blake Masters, who will face off in November against Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in a key battleground state race that may determine if the GOP wins back the Senate majority.
Masters was the front-runner in the most recent public opinion surveys heading into Tuesday’s primary election. The field of contenders also included solar power businessman Jim Lamon, who pumped millions of his own money behind his bid.
Also in contention were Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich; retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mick McGuire, who until last year served as adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard; and Justin Olson, a member of Arizona’s public utilities commission.
Master’s primary bid was backed and heavily supported by tech billionaire Peter Thiel, his former boss. Thiel poured $15 million of his own money into an outside super PAC that backed Masters’ campaign. Read more…