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Rogers trounces Allen in battleground race, Barto-Carter showdown too close to call

 
A battle over the ideological heart of the Republican Party remains too close to call in Legislative District 15, where challenging Rep. Nancy Barto (left) holds a narrow lead over incumbent Sen. Heather Carter./Arizona Capitol Times

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

One of the biggest battlegrounds in this year’s legislative races saw a major shakeup in Tuesday’s primary election as retired Air Force pilot Wendy Rogers ousted longtime incumbent Sen. Sylvia Allen.

Rogers trounced Allen, a Republican from the town of Snowflake, winning 59% of the vote in the closely watched GOP primary for District 6, which stretches from Flagstaff to Payson and also includes parts of Apache and Navajo counties. 

Democrats have targeted the district as a prime pickup opportunity, and it’s expected to be one of the most hotly contested legislative races of the general election, potentially determining whether Democrats take control of the Senate for the first time since 1991.

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