Quayle Shot Down in Arizona Primary

Schweikert, Flake win GOP primary battles
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2012 4:08 AM CDT
Arizona Republican Senate candidate and current US Rep. Jeff Flake speaks at a primary election night part at his home in Mesa, Arizona.   (AP Photo/Matt York)
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(Newser) – Ben Quayle has become the first freshman House Republican to fall in the primaries. In a fierce race caused by redistricting in Arizona, Quayle was defeated by fellow freshman Rep. David Schweikert. Schweikert attacked his rival, the son of former vice president Dan Quayle, as part of the establishment, and reminded voters that Quayle used to write for the "Dirty Scottsdale" sex site, reports Politico. Quayle was further embarrassed by news that he was among a party of lawmakers who swam in the Sea of Galilee after a night of drinking.

In another Arizona race, Rep. Jeff Flake easily won the state's Republican Senate primary, reports the Washington Post. Flake won support from both establishment and Tea Party groups in the race against Wil Cardon, a real estate investor who spent millions of dollars of his own money in the campaign. Flake will face former surgeon general Richard Carmona, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, in November. (Read more Ben Quayle stories.)

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