Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - In an impressive one-sided win, retired Air Force pilot Martha McSally notched her ticket to the general election. Her opponent in waiting: Congressman Ron Barber.
"I deeply care, and I'm ready to serve again," she said in her victory speech.
McSally crushed her primary opponent Mark Koskiniemi with more than 80 percent of the vote.
"We're really humbled to be winning with such a strong mandate and victory, now we're focused on November 6," she said.
After a second place finish to Jesse Kelly in the CD 8 primary a few months back, this time the GOP picked her lead her party against Congressman Barber in the new CD 2 .
"We had a very different mood here tonight," she said. "I think there was a sense that we were going to be victorious, but you got to wait to see the results come in."
The results were a blow out, but Koskiniemi was gracious in defeat. He conceded in person telling McSally "now go get Barber."
With the primary win, McSally can focus her attention on Barber, a race she says won't be easy. 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked McSally how she plans to beat the congressman. She replied, "I am an endurance athlete, now I move to the next phase. The June election was about the past, November is about the future, so we're just wanting to make sure the voters see me as an option."
With just under 70 days to go, McSally says there's not a day to waste. It's time she needs to get her message across to independent voters.
"I need to make sure I can get out to all of them," McSally said."Through every means possible in order to give them my story, my background, my message and why I'm stepping out to serve again."