Shelley Kais, a Republican running for state Senate in Legislative District 2, appeared to be on her way to winning the lone contested primary in LD2 on Wednesday morning.
Kais, from Sahuarita, was leading Bobby Wilson by 506 votes at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, with all of Santa Cruz County checking in and nearly 97 percent of Pima County. She had 52.22 percent of the vote.
If she maintains her lead, Kais will face incumbent Democrat Andrea Dalessandro in November, who beat her in the 2016 general election.
In the state House primaries, Republicans Chris Ackerley and Anthony Sizer and Democratic incumbents Rosanna Gabaldon and Daniel Hernandez advanced to the November primary in uncontested races.
Wilson made national news in July after comments he made during a candidate forum, saying sometimes "a good guy there with a gun" is more important than gun control legislation. He shared a story about having to use a gun to defend himself while a teenager in Oklahoma. The full story, which came out after the forum, was that the person he shot and killed was his mother. He was charged but the case eventually was dismissed. He went on to earn a law degree in Texas.
Ackerley served one term in the House before he was defeated in 2016 by Hernandez. Gabaldon, a former Sahuarita Town Council member, is finishing her third term in the House.