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February 8, 2016

Arizona: David Schweikert Defeats Ben Quayle in GOP Primary

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. David Schweikert will be returning to Congress and Rep. Ben Quayle will not.

The two Republican freshmen have engaged in one of the nastiest Member-vs.-Member primaries of the cycle. At the time the Associated Press called the GOP primary, Schweikert was leading Quayle, 53 percent to 47 percent.

The two men shared similar political records. In the final stretch, it was a brutal, personal fight.

Schweikert and his allies portrayed Quayle as an entitled playboy, while the Quayle camp repeatedly called Schweikert and his political consultant liars.

Schweikert likely won because of his deep political ties to the area. Simply put, he had the hearts of many operatives on the ground.

That said, Quayle had prominent support, including the endorsements of Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain.

In early August (and prior to the rough turn the race took), Schweikert indicated in an interview that wounds would quickly heal within the GOP delegation.

Kyl was not so sure today.


    The result here mirrors those incumbent v incumbent match-ups that have taken place in north of OH, west of PA, and north of NJ: The contenders with deeper local ties and/or stronger ground games prevailed, rather than those with better-known national names (Kucinich and Quayle), or even greater carry-over terrain (Rothman, Altmire, and again Quayle).

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