Trump-backed Masters projected winner in GOP senate primary

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Blake Masters, left, is leading Jim Lamon for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. The winner will take on Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, who was unopposed in the primary. [Campaign photos]

Blake Masters is the projected winner in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Masters, backed by former President Donald Trump, collected 38.66% of the vote, with about 5% of the vote still to be counted, according to unofficial tallies from the state elections website. He will challenge incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, in November.

Jim Lamon trailed with 28.9% of the vote, and Mark Brnovich was in third, with 18.44%.

Kelly, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary, currently is serving the balance of the late John McCain’s term. McCain won re-election in 2016 but died in 2018. Kelly defeated Martha McSally in 2020 to win the partial term.

The winner of the general election will serve a full six-year term.

Libertarian Marc Victor also is on the ballot unopposed and will move to the November primary.

House of Representatives – Congressional District #2

Democrat Tom O’Halleran is seeking re-election in the district, which stretches from Pinal County to northeastern Arizona and the Utah border. It was redrawn in the redistricting process last year.

O’Halleran was unopposed in the primary and will face the winner of the Republican primary.

The GOP race to challenge O’Halleran features a crowded field of seven – Walt Blackman, Eli Crane, Mark Deluzio, Steven Krystofiak, John Moore, Ron Watkins and Andy Yates. As of 2:15 a.m., with 95% of precincts reporting, the results showed Crane on top:

  • Crane 33.51%
  • Blackman 24.87%
  • Deluzio 17.33%
  • Yates 7.45%
  • Moore 7.35%
  • Krystofiak 5.7%
  • Watkins 3.8%

Crane, a brand ambassador for Sig Sauer firearms, was endorsed by Trump.