Ben Quayle Wins Congressional Primary In Arizona

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Ben Quayle, the son of of former Vice President Dan Quayle, has emerged from a crowded field to win the Republican primary for the House seat currently held by retiring GOP Rep. John Shadegg.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Quayle has 23% of the vote, leading his closest challenger by about 5%.Quayle won despite drawing unwanted headlines in recent weeks after admitting he wrote comments on a website that collects pictures of scantily-clad women at nightclubs, and an ad in which he solemnly declared to the camera, “Barack Obama is the worst president in history.”

Quayle wasn’t the only Republican in the race with an out-there ad. Pamela Gorman won quite a bit of attention for this ad in which she fires a series of different guns.

The AP reports that Quayle raised $1.3 million for his campaign. In addition to his famous father, Quayle enjoyed the support of Donald Rumsfeld and President George H.W. Bush. Quayle will now face Democrat Jon Hulburd in the general election in this strong Republican district.

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