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David Schweikert Defeats Ben Quayle In Arizona Republican Primary

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Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.)
Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.)

Rep. David Schweikert has defeated fellow freshman Rep. Ben Quayle in the Republican primary for Arizona's reconfigured 6th congressional district, the Associated Press reports.

According to the Arizona Republic, Quayle called Schweikert to concede the race on Tuesday evening.

The Republic relayed background on the race:

The primary contest is among the state's most high-profile because at least one of Arizona's sitting congressional members is guaranteed to lose his seat. The race also is being closely watched nationally because Quayle is the son of Vice President Dan Quayle and drew endorsements from political figures such as Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

During the campaign, Schweikert criticized Quayle for forcing the match-up by "carpetbagging" in District 6 after redistricting reconfigured congressional district boundaries. Quayle's Phoenix home was drawn into District 9, a competitive toss-up seat. Quayle argues he was right in running in District 6 since two-thirds of his current constituents live there. About a third of Schweikert's current constituents live in District 6.

Quayle, the son of former vice president Dan Quayle, made a name for himself in 2010 when he released an ad slamming Obama as the "worst president in history." More recently, Quayle reappeared in national headlines after denying his alleged involvement in a congressional skinny-dipping controversy in Israel.

Schweikert led Quayle 53 percent to 47 percent, with 80 percent of precincts reporting, when AP called the race.

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