Lawmakers fight for GOP's soul in Arizona Senate primary

Election 2020 Arizona Legislature Republicans
Posted at 4:54 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 19:54:10-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The biggest knock-down, drag-out primary fight among the 90 Senate and House seats up for grabs in November features two sitting Republican lawmakers in a suburban north Phoenix district battling for the soul of the GOP.

Sen. Heather Carter is known as one of the more moderate GOP lawmakers.

She's defending her seat against a challenge from Rep. Nancy Barto, a social conservative who has embraced anti-abortion and religious freedom legislation.

Both have represented the 15th District for years.

They are not fast friends, and backers of the candidates have poured more than $1.8 million into the race, breaking about 2-1 for Carter.