McCain Cruises to Easy Primary Win in Arizona
Veteran Republican senator was a heavy favorite in the Grand Canyon State

Arizona Sen. John McCain on a train near the Grand Canyon during a campaign swing earlier this summer. (Daniel A. Anderson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. John McCain defeated former state Sen. Kelli Ward in Arizona's Republican Senate primary, setting up a general election matchup against Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, who ran uncontested in the party's primary Tuesday. 

With little more than the early vote from Maricopa County counted, the longtime incumbent led Ward 55 percent to 35 percent, according to the Associated Press. 

Florida House Primary Results: Contests Set in Tossup Seats; A Few New 115th Faces Likely Known
With redistricting earlier this year and many retirements, the Florida delegation is getting a makeover

Randy Perkins won the Democratic primary in Florida's 18th District, a tossup seat vacated by Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated as of 10: 50 p.m. | With Florida primary races now settled, the general election can begin to take shape in the state's two tossup seats that Democrats need to secure the House majority.

In Florida's 18th District, which Rep. Patrick Murphy is vacating to run for Senate, the national Democrats' preferred candidate won. Wealthy businessman Randy Perkins defeated Jonathan Chane. Perkins poured more than $3 million of his own money into his campaign and is prepared to spend much more in the general. 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Survives Primary from Left
Former DNC chairwoman defeated Bernie Sanders-backed candidate

Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz won the party's primary in Florida's 23rd District on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz fended off a primary challenge from Bernie Sanders-backed law professor Tim Canova in Florida's 23rd District on Tuesday night. 

The incumbent won 57 percent of the vote to Canova's 43 percent with 56 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. 

Embattled Corrine Brown Ousted in Primary
Florida Democrat's campaign had been clouded by legal troubles

Florida Rep. Corrine Brown, who is under indictment for mail and wire fraud, lost her primary Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated as of 10: 57 p.m. | Florida Rep. Corrine Brown was defeated in her Democratic primary in the state's dramatically redrawn 5th District, as she deals with fallout following her indictment on fraud charges in July.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, former state Sen. Al Lawson unseated Brown with 48 percent of the vote to 39 percent for the 12-term congresswoman. Former congressional aide LaShonda Holloway trailed with 13 percent.

Florida Senate Battleground Set: Rubio, Murphy Win Primaries
The race is one of 11 in-play seats as Democrats hope to win back the chamber

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., defeated another House lawmaker and will face Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It's official: Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy will take on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate race, a closely watched contest that will pit a former presidential candidate trying to save his political career against a young lawmaker Democrats hope has the moxie to win a tough race.

Both men, as expected, won their primaries Tuesday: Rubio easily defeated Miami-area builder Carlos Beruff in a contest that never gained traction after the incumbent decided to seek re-election in June. Rubio took 71 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press, at publication time.

Pramila Jayapal Says She Respects Kaepernick's Anthem Protest
Washington Democrat is running for Rep. Jim McDermott's seat

Washington House candidate Pramila Jayapal is running to succeed longtime Rep. Jim McDermott in the Seattle-based 7th District. (Courtesy Pramila for Congress)

Democratic House candidate Pramila Jayapal said she respected the actions of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who drew controversy when he chose not to stand for the national anthem last week. 

Kaepernick's decision to sit during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at an exhibition game Friday was meant to highlight police brutality and racial disparities, several media outlets reported. He's since declared he'll continue to sit until "there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent."

Grassley Opens Door to Lame Duck Action on SCOTUS Nominee
Senate Republicans have so far blocked a hearing or vote on Merrick Garland

Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley has hinted that he might be open to a hearing and confirmation vote for Judge Merrick Garland during the lame duck session after Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley signaled that he is open to possibly acting on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee after the November elections.

Republican leaders have pledged not to take up the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, though a few senators have raised the possibility of a hearing or confirmation vote during a lame duck session between Election Day and when the new Congress is seated in January.

Senators Return to D.C. for Brief Sessions
Brief pro forma sessions block prospect of Obama recess appointments.

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford is among the Republicans who gaveled in a brief session this summer recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Tuesday morning, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito opened a Senate session that lasted just 30 seconds.

The West Virginia Republican is one of several GOP senators who have returned to the nation's capital during the summer to gavel the chamber in and out — essentially a procedural gambit to block President Barack Obama from making any appointments while the Senate is out of town.

Challenger's Poll Shows Close Race Against Issa in California
Issa's campaign disagrees, says GOP incumbent is in good shape to hold seat

California Rep. Darrell Issa won his last election with more than 60 percent of the vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An internal poll conducted for California Rep. Darrell Issa's Democratic opponent shows Doug Applegate within three percentage points of the long-time Republican lawmaker.

The Strategies 360 poll released Monday by Applegate's campaign, showed 45 percent saying they would vote for Issa, while 42 percent said they favored Applegate and 13 percent were undecided.

New DSCC Ad Targets Heck Over Wall Street, Social Security
Nevada Senate seat is the only plausible pickup opportunity for the GOP

Republican Rep. Joe Heck is locked in a tight Nevada Senate race with Democratic opponent Catherine Cortez Masto. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is accusing Nevada GOP Senate candidate Joe Heck of supporting a Wall Street-favored plan to privatize Social Security. 

"Wall Street invested over a half million dollars in Congressman Heck's campaigns," a narrator says. "And Heck supports their agenda, privatizing Social Security."

Democratic Super PAC Delaying Strickland Ads
DSCC on Monday reduced its own ad buy in the race

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has struggled to raise money against the well-funded incumbent Sen. Rob Portman. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Majority PAC is delaying by two weeks a planned TV ad campaign in support of Ted Strickland, the Ohio Senate Democratic nominee whose campaign has unexpectedly struggled to gain traction against Republican Sen. Rob Portman. 

The news, confirmed by two sources tracking ad buys, comes on the heels of a decision from the independent expenditure arm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to delay by one week its own ad buy. 

Reid Cites Ties to Trump Campaign in Election System Hacks
Senate minority leader writes letter to FBI director asking for investigation

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is concerned about Russian influence in the election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In a letter to the FBI, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid expressed concern about a direct link between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign.

The Nevada Democrat wrote to FBI Director James B. Comey that he had learned of video evidence of an individual with ties to Trump and his top aides claiming to be in communication with WikiLeaks, which posted numerous documents that Reid said had been obtained by Russia.

Todd Young Dithers on Trump and Nukes
Indiana Senate candidate says Clinton has disqualified herself for security clearance

Rep. Todd Young said he is "comfortable" with a foreign policy change and "the Republican nominee" offers that. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Todd Young would not say whether he thought Donald Trump should have access to nuclear codes, even though he got several chances to offer an opinion.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Young, who is running for the Senate in Indiana against Democrat Evan Bayh, was asked the question multiple times.

Portman Hits Strickland on Coal in New TV Ad
Senate incumbent has used coal mining as an issue in previous ads

In a new ad that will run in parts of Ohio until Election Day, coal miners say they will vote for Sen. Rob Portman because Democratic opponent Ted Strickland "turned his back on us." (Courtesy Ron Portman for U.S. Senate)

Sen. Rob Portman is appealing to Ohio coal miners in a new ad released Tuesday.

The minute-long television ad will go on the air in southeast Ohio from now until Election Day, according to Portman's campaign. The ad is part of a $14 million statewide ad reservation that the Ohio Republican's campaign announced in May.

Florida GOP Primaries Will Shape Next Year's Conference
Five of the state's 8 open seats are safe for Republicans

Mary Thomas, Republican candidate for Florida's 2nd District, has the support of the House Freedom Fund. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With a third of Florida's delegation retiring at the end of this term, open-seat races dot the Sunshine State's redistricted congressional map.

Five of the open eight House seats are in Safe Republican districts, which means the winners of Tuesday's primaries will likely be the next members of Congress.