>> With primaries in Arizona and Florida now complete, the cast of characters is set in the battle for the United States Senate, Republican leaders largely ending up with the candidates they hoped for, as they try to hold onto their majority. I'm Andy Sullivan at the Arizona State Capital in Phoenix, where residents are paying their last respects to Senator John McCain.
He was celebrated for his willingness to work across the aisle with Democrats when necessary. That's something you're not gonna see very much of in the months to come, as both parties campaign for control of the Senate. Republicans are entering the fray largely clear of the sort of unreliable candidates who have hurt them in the past.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell can breathe easy knowing he's not saddled with candidates like Roy Moore, who lost an Alabama special election last year after accusations that he had sexual relations with underage girls. Republicans control the Senate by the slimmest of margins, currently one vote. But analysts say they stand a good chance of retaining their majority, thanks in part to candidates like Martha McSally, a former fighter pilot who captured the party's nomination in Arizona on Tuesday.
>> We are gonna fly, fight, and win.>> She was seen as the strongest choice to take on Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country. In Florida, Republicans optimistic about defeating incumbent democrat Bill Nelson after Rick Scott won the GOP nomination on Tuesday.
He's currently serving as the state's governor. Republicans also ending up with mainstream candidates in West Virginia and Missouri, but not in Virginia. Republican Corey Stewart, fighting to save Confederate monuments, almost certainly putting that state out of reach.>> Of course, President Trump is sure to play a key role in this election, potentially overshadowing the actual candidates on the ballot.
But there are other factors at play as well. Here in Arizona, for example, Democrats are mobilizing behind a ballot initiative that would boost school spending. It's the sort of issue that doesn't get much attention at the national level, but could potentially tip the balance in a close election.
The primaries are largely over, but there are plenty of plot twists still to come.