Arizona Rep. Martha McSally won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

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Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

Why it matters: She's considered the strongest Republican candidate (of the three in this primary) to face Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the fight for Sen. Jeff Flake's seat.

Between the lines: McSally's willingness to tie herself to president Trump could hurt her in November.

  • Her challenge now is to find a way to address both moderate Republicans and independents, while also pledging to move forward on the president's agenda.

One more thing: NYT's Jonathan Martin reports on McSally's endorsement talks with the White House ... "As for Ms. McSally’s race in Arizona ... Trump’s advisers determined that she would probably win the primary even without the president’s support. Her pleas, they decided, were aimed only at saving a few million dollars she would need to spend to ensure victory without the president’s blessing."

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President Trump said twice Monday that the U.S. Treasury would need to get a portion of the sale price of TikTok, as a condition of regulatory approval.

Why it matters: This is akin to extortion — the sort of thing you'd expect to hear on a wiretap, not from the White House in front of reporters.

Ford names James Farley as new CEO amid ongoing turnaround effort

James Hackett, left, is retiring as Ford CEO. Jim Farley, right, takes over Oct. 1. Photo: Ford

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Why it matters: It leaves Farley to complete the company's ongoing turnaround effort. The transition will be that much harder as the industry tries to navigate the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown which shuttered Ford plants for two months on the eve of some of its most important vehicle launches.

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In this episode of “Axios on HBO”, President Trump discusses his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and much more with National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan.

The interview was filmed on Tuesday, July 28 and aired Monday, Aug. 3 on HBO.