Schweikert Defeats Quayle in Arizona

Schweikert Defeats Quayle in Arizona

PHOENIX, Aug. 29 (UPI) —
Rep. Ben Schweikert won an “inter-family battle” Tuesday in the Arizona primary, defeating fellow Republican Rep. Ben Quayle.

In the battle for the Republican Senate nomination, Rep. Jeff Flake crushed Wil Cardon, a businessman who ran a self-financed campaign.

Quayle called Schweikert shortly before 10 p.m. to concede, The Arizona Republic reported. The primary was one of the most closely watched in the country because it pitted two sitting congressmen against each other — and one is the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle.

Redistricting after the 2010 Census gave Arizona an additional seat in Congress. The new 9th District, seen as a competitive one, includes Quayle’s home in Phoenix, and he decided to run in the 6th district instead, which includes many of his former constituents.

With 85 percent of the precincts counted, Flake had 69.4 percent of the vote to 21.1 percent for Cardon. Two other candidates were in single digits.

Flake was first elected to Congress in 2000 and has been known for his fiscal conservatism. He will be running against former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, a high school dropout from New York City who went to college and medical school after Army service.

The Senate seat is open because of the retirement of Sen. Jon Kyl.