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7.) Legislative District 25 Senator: Republican

Recall that the district's current Senator, Republican Bob Worsley, was elected in 2012 by defeating former Senate President Russell Pearce. Worsley spoiled Pearce's comeback bid, a year after a recall election booted Pearce from the Legislature.

Now, Worsley again has to face a primary challenger in the East Valley district, and this time it's Ralph Heap. Worsley's one of several Republican lawmakers being challenged from the right, in opposition of those Republicans who successfully supported Governor Jan Brewer's Medicaid-expansion plan. Heap, an apparent pal of Pearce's, has his own problem on the Medcaid front -- our colleague Stephen Lemons reported that Heap, a doctor, took Medicaid cash himself.

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