Thursday, August 6, 2020 11:59 PM EST
By BOB CHRISTIE, AP
PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Rep. Nancy Barto has declared victory in her primary campaign against GOP state Sen. Heather Carter as new tallies show her lead increasing to more than 1,400 votes. Carter conceded in a Thursday evening statement that called the race for the north Phoenix Senate seat “difficult and divisive." She said she was conceding to do what is best for the district and state. Barto is a social conservative who has embraced anti-abortion and religious freedom legislation. She said she challenged Carter because she's too liberal for the district. No Democrat ran in the 15th District, so Barto automatically wins the seat.