Pinal Sheriff Paul Babeu wins primary, puts focus on coal-fired power plants
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Kirkpatrick is challenging John McCain for his Senate seat.
Babeu beat Wendy Rogers, Gary Kiehne and Ken Bennett in the GOP primary. Babeu said he would fight to keep coal-fired power stations in Arizona open to keep jobs in northern Arizona and energy costs low.
Environmentalists and the Obama administration have pushed for tighter emissions controls at coal plants. That includes the Navajo Generating Station in the far northern part of the state.
Babeu told KTVK-TV Channel 3 coal would be a central issue to his November campaign.
Babeu faces former state lawmaker Tom O’Halleran, a former Republican turned Democrat, in November.
The First Congressional District includes much of northern Arizona, including the Navajo Nation and Flagstaff as well as Globe, Miami and Pinal County.
Babeu has received some national attention for dealing with illegal immigration and drug cartels. Pinal County is in between Tucson and Phoenix.
The district is as large as some states and could receive national attention from both political parties, business groups and environmentalists.