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Bridget Johnson


November 6, 2012 - 9:17 pm

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) beat former Surgeon General Richard Carmona tonight to fill the seat of retiring Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Flake led his Democratic opponent 51.1 percent to 44.5 percent.

The race in Goldwater Country had gotten fairly nasty.

Flake, an anti-pork crusader who regularly sends out punny comparisons of the national debt (i.e. “It’s par for the course for Congress to keep spending, but eventually we are going to end up in the rough”), has outspent Carmona and accused his challenger of having “issues with anger, with ethics, and with women.” Carmona ran an ad suggesting Kyl and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) like him better (they don’t) and the DSCC ran an ad with a breast cancer survivor accusing Flake of voting against cancer patients.

Carmona had come within reaching distance of Flake later in the campaign, but never quite made up the ground he needed to overtake the congressman.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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