ARIZONA: “Despite a spirited bid by Hayworth, who cultivated support from -- and staffed his campaign with -- Tea Party activists, McCain's $21 million blitzkrieg ultimately rendered him an unacceptable alternative, despite widespread antipathy toward McCain among many grassroots conservatives,” Politico writes.
The New York Daily News: “Mac is back.”
But: “U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe attacked fellow Republican John McCain of Arizona on Tuesday as a closet liberal who "gets elected because of one thing -- earmarks," the Tulsa World reports.
“Ben Quayle, the son of the former vice president, overcame a pair of scandals to clinch the GOP nomination for Rep. John Shadegg's (R-Ariz.) seat,” The Hill writes.
The AP: “The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle won the Republican primary for an Arizona congressional seat after a provocative campaign that had no shortage of drama. Ben Quayle emerged from a crowded field Tuesday in the fight for an open seat in a Republican-leaning district in the Phoenix area. He drew on his family connections to raise more than $1.3 million -- and made plenty of headlines along the way.”
Democrats were excited that the Republican establishment’s pick to face off in AZ-8 with Gabrielle Giffords, state Sen. Jonathan Paton, lost. Instead Tea Party favorite Jesse Kelly, who Democrats called an "extremist" instead pulled out the victory. The Giffords campaign quickly turned out a TV ad hitting Kelly on what the Giffords camp says is him “describing his desire to eliminate, privatize or phase out Social Security in his own words.” They said the ad begins airing in the Tucson market today.