WASHINGTON (8/30/12)--A trio of credit union-supported candidates fared well in their respective Arizona and Oklahoma primary contests Tuesday.
Current U.S. House member Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has the support of the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), defeated businessman Wil Cardon on Tuesday. Flake will serve as the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat after winning 70% of the primary vote, and will face Democratic candidate and former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona in November.
Another CULAC-supported House incumbent, Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), will fight to retain his seat for a full term this fall after he won his own Tuesday primary contest by a 65-precentage-point margin. Barber, who took on the seat held by now-retired Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after he won a special election this summer, will face Republican nominee and former Air Force Colonel Martha McSally this fall.
Former Arizona State House speaker Kirk Adams (R), a consistent credit union supporter and Arizona Credit Union League legislator of the year, was defeated in his Republican House primary contest by former Congressman Matt Salmon. Salmon won 54% of the total vote to Adams' 46%.
In Oklahoma, CULAC- and Credit Union Association of Oklahoma-backed candidate Markwayne Mullin won his Republican nomination contest, gaining nearly 57% of the total vote. He will face Democrat Rob Wallace in November for the right to replace retiring Rep. David Boren (D) in the House.