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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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  2. Politics: States beg for Warp Speed billions.
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Technical glitch in Facebook's ad tools creates political firestorm

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Facebook said late Thursday that a mix of "technical problems" and confusion among advertisers around its new political ad ban rules caused issues affecting ad campaigns of both parties.

Why it matters: A report out Thursday morning suggested the ad tools were causing campaign ads, even those that adhered to Facebook's new rules, to be paused. Very quickly, political campaigners began asserting the tech giant was enforcing policies in a way that was biased against their campaigns.

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States beg for Warp Speed billions

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Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles' heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don't have the cash.

Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.