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  Flake Wins in AZ Primary; Keeps Seat in Mormon Delegation
LDS Church member Jeff Flake won the Republican primary in Arizona's 1st district yesterday, virtually assuring that he will succeed fellow LDS Church member Matt Salmon in the US Congress. Salmon, who kept his pledge to serve only 3 terms, had endorsed Flake, possibly the most conservative of the five Republican candidates in the race.

  LDS-held US Congress Seat Up for Grabs Tomorrow in Arizona
The only congressional race in which an LDS-held seat is in doubt will likely be decided tomorrow in Arizona's state primary. LDS Church member Jeff Flake is battling three other contenders for the Republican nomination for Arizona's 1st congressional district seat, now held by another LDS Church member, Matt Salmon. Political reporters say that whoever wins tomorrow is virtually certain to win the general election in November, talking Salmon's place.

  Oregon's Smith-Wyden Political Friendship Celebrates 100th Weekly Luncheon
Those amazed at the cross-party friendship between Utah's conservative Senator and LDS Church member Orrin Hatch and Democratic Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, have yet to notice an even stranger friendship between another LDS Church member, Senator Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and fellow Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). What makes the friendship strange is that the two were nearly bitter enemies as they battled each other for the seat of then-Senator Bob Packwood in a 1995 special election. That campaign was dominated by attack ads and outside pressures to make the election a referendum on national politics.

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