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Congressional Primary Update: Rep. Flake Wins Arizona Senate Primary

by | Aug 29, 2012

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

On Tuesday congressional primaries were held in Alaska, Arizona, and Vermont, and a runoff was held in Oklahoma’s second congressional district.


Pro-life Rep. Jeff Flake

Pro-life Rep. Jeff Flake has won the Republican Senate primary, defeating pro-life businessman Wil Cardon, 69.3% to 21.2%. Flake will face pro-abortion former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona (D) in the general election which takes place November 6.  The Arizona senate seat is open due to pro-life Senator Jon Kyl’s retirement after serving three terms in the U.S. Senate, and serving in the U.S. House from 1987 until 1995.

Carmona supports President Obama’s pro-abortion health care law (ObamaCare), which will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and will promote the rationing of lifesaving treatments.  In contrast, Rep. Flake (R) voted against Obama’s pro-abortion, pro-rationing health care law and consistently voted against using government funds to pay for abortion.

In a matchup of incumbents due to redistricting, Rep. David Schweikert defeated Rep. Dan Quayle in their member-vs-member Republican primary in the sixth congressional district.  Both are pro-life.  Schweikert will be challenged by pro-abortion Democrat Matt Jette in a district considered safe Republican.

In the first congressional district, a seat considered leaning Democratic, pro-life former state Senator Jonathan Paton (R) will face pro-abortion former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.

Retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally (R) will challenge pro-abortion Rep. Ron Barber (D) in the new second congressional district, another district leaning Democratic.  McSally is pro-life.

Pro-life former Rep. Matt Salmon Salmon (R) will face Democrat Spencer Morgan in the fifth congressional district.  Morgan’s position is unknown.  The fifth district is considered safe Republican.

In the ninth congressional district pro-life Vernon Parker, a former Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, garnered 23.1% of the vote in a seven-way Republican primary, followed by Wendy Rogers (R) with 21%. Parker, appointed by President George W. Bush, will face former state Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D), an EMILY’s List candidate. Political pundits differ in their evaluation of the district from “toss-up” to “Democrat favored.”


In Oklahoma, a runoff was required in the 2nd congressional district when no candidate garnered more than 50 percent of the vote in the first go round.  On Tuesday the two highest vote getters were former district attorney Rob Wallace (D) and pro-life plumbing company owner Markwayne Mullin (R).  Wallace has not returned the National Right to Life questionnaire.  The second district seat is open because of pro-life Rep. Dan Boren’s retirement.  The district leans Republican.


Rep. Don Young easily won the Republican primary and will be challenged by pro-abortion state Rep. Sharon Cissna (D) for Alaska’s at-large seat, considered safe Republican.  During a debate in Alaska’s state legislature in 2008, Cissna referred to the partial-birth abortion ban as “an assault” on women.  Rep. Young has a pro-life voting record, including votes to ban the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure.


All pro-abortion incumbents are expected to retain their seats in Vermont.

The primary election season is coming to a close. On September 6, Massachusetts will hold its congressional primaries.  Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island will determine their nominees for the general election on September 11.  This will complete the congressional primaries until November 6, when Louisiana holds its primary.  There are no party primaries in Louisiana.  Instead, in Louisiana, all candidates from all parties appear on the ballot on November 6.  If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a runoff will be held on December 1.

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