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Rusty Bowers testified in D.C. Now he might lose his primary in Arizona.

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers and former state senator David Farnsworth are running for an open state Senate seat in the sprawling desert east of Phoenix. Farnsworth aided Trump’s efforts to challenge the results of the 2016 presidential election in Arizona. Bowers is convinced Trump lost the election; Farnsworth is convinced he did not. The former president has endorsed dozens of election deniers running for office, not just at the federal and statewide level but also in local races like this one, the outcomes of which could have great influence on the day-to-day lives of many Americans. If he loses on Tuesday, he's left open the possibility of challenging the results. If Bowers loses, he has raised more than $323,000 for the race

Many of the 151,000 registered voters in the district are White, Republican and older. The district, which was redrawn after the 2020 Census, has a mix of fixed-income, working-class and upper-middle-class residents. Several voters say they see this primary as a choice between litigating the past or moving on. “Rusty Bowers needs to go. … It’s time for a change,” Brad Margetich said. “We don’t know anybody that voted for Biden, and I just find it very hard to believe,’ one voter said. Bowers and Farnsworth both began their political careers in the mid-1990s. Although they’re both longtime Republicans who have agreed on a lot of the same issues

Bowers fended off a challenge from the far right to serve as speaker in 2019. He led with a firm hand but watched warily as critics sought to undermine his leadership. He took two calls from Trump, met with the president’s attorneys, fielded constant requests from his own members. Bowers refused, viewing the requests as immoral, unconstitutional and a violation of his oath of office. Farnsworth wants voters to know he wanted to “find the truth” about 2020, but says he didn’t want to ‘rock the boat’ Bowers and congressional investigators have said efforts to hold such a meeting were part of an effort by Trump and his allies to try to overturn the state election results.

Bowers was ostracized from the state Republican Party. Farnsworth and Bowers want to decertify Arizona’s electors. Bowers says he doesn’t want Donald Trump to be the next president, Farnsworth says. Both say they want the race, which has caused tensions in each of their families, to be over, even as they ponder what 2024 might bring. The candidates broadly agreed on issues like school choice and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, but they disagreed on nearly everything else.