A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Blake Masters leading the GOP Senate field with 29%, followed by Mark Brnovich at 15%, Jim Lamon at 10%, and Michael McGuire at 5%.
Blake Masters (R), who is running for U.S. Senate candidate in Arizona, was asked by conservative activists if he would support investigating U.S. intelligence operations to uncover the federal government’s “nefarious activities,” CNN reports.
Said Masters: “Absolutely.”
He then floated that the attack on the U.S. Capitol was a false-flag operation: “Don’t we suspect that like one-third of the people outside of the Capitol complex on January 6 were actual FBI agents hanging out. What did people know and when did they know it? We got to get to the bottom of this.”
In a series of blog posts, Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters (R), who is running as an immigration hardliner, once suggested that “illegal immigration is an ethical contradiction in terms,” argued that “unrestricted immigration is the only choice,” Jewish Insider reports.
He also commended U.S. service members who had participated in a drug trafficking ring along the southwestern border as “heroes.”
“Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Arizona Senate hopeful Blake Masters (R) in a move that aides believe will give the Republican significant momentum ahead of the state’s August primary,” CNN reports.
“Masters, who is also backed by conservative tech billionaire Peter Thiel, is running in a crowded field of GOP candidates seeking to take on Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in November.”
“Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist and tech entrepreneur, put another $3.5 million this month into a super PAC supporting Blake Masters in the highly competitive Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Arizona,” the Washington Post reports.
But Masters is still waiting for an endorsement by Donald Trump: “People close to Masters say the money helps make him viable, and provides a symbolic boost, but is nowhere near as consequential as what Trump decides to do.”
“Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has fallen out of first place in the state’s Republican Senate primary, a slide that corresponds with aggressive advertising spending by his opponents — and Donald Trump’s ire,” Politico reports.
“For nearly a year, Brnovich held a steady lead in the primary to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, a key race as the GOP seeks to take back the Senate majority.”
“But walking the fine line between his responsibilities as attorney general and Republican Senate hopeful has proved challenging in a state where Trump allies have unsuccessfully sought to challenge the 2020 presidential election results.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is endorsing Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters (R), “flexing his muscle in a high-profile Republican primary and cementing a new ideological alliance shaping the midterm election,” Politico reports.
“Hawley — who is widely regarded as a prospective 2024 presidential contender — has now thrown his support to two of the most outspoken Republican populists running for Senate this year: Masters and Ohio Republican J.D. Vance. In both cases, Hawley is inserting himself into competitive primaries and backing candidates with notably anti-political establishment rhetoric and ideology.”
“Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) raised $1.6 million during the first quarter of 2022, and nearly 75% of her contributions totaled less than $100,” Axios reports.
“It’s a lot of money for a senator who isn’t up for re-election until 2024, and isn’t a member of leadership or a committee chair.”
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), who is a rumored primary challenger to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in 2024, had a record fundraising quarter in the first three months of this year after Sinema faced a wave of progressive backlash, Insider reports.
Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) kept up his torrid fund-raising pace in the first three months of the year, bringing in $11.3 million and expanding his cash on hand to $23.2 million, KPNX reports.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) will not run for the U.S. Senate this year, “finally putting to rest whether he held aspirations for elected office this cycle,” the Arizona Republic reports.
James Carville said that he would support Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ.) if he launched a Senate bid, saying he did not believe Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) would win a primary against the congressman, The Hill reports.
Said Carville: “She’s not going to win a primary against Rep. Ruben Gallego, I’ll tell you that damn much. And I will personally volunteer to help him fundraise because I think we can keep that seat if he runs.”
A new Data for Progress poll in Arizona finds Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) would crush Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in a Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, 74% to 16%.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) rebuffed rumors that he was plotting a run for Senate after previously saying that he wasn’t going to run, the Arizona Mirror reports.
Said Ducey: “My answer hasn’t changed.”
“Sen. Mark Kelly raised nearly $9 million in the final three months of 2021, a figure that surpasses what he raised in the previous three months and positions the Arizona Democrat to be one of the best funded candidates in the 2022 midterms,” CNN reports.
“Kelly is seen as one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the United States Senate. Although he defeated former Republican Sen. Martha McSally in 2020 and President Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential nominee to win Arizona since 1996, Republicans are buoyant that voters have soured on Democratic control and will punish the party at the ballot box in 2022.”
“A division of industrial giant Koch Industries has bought Senate hopeful Jim Lamon’s company, likely providing a cash infusion for the Arizona Republican as he pours huge sums of his own money into the race,” Axios reports.
“Lamon is vying for the GOP nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in what is expected to be one of the most competitive — and expensive — races of the 2022 midterms.”
A new OH Predictive Insights poll in Arizona finds only 26% of Democrats said that they would prefer to keep Sen Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) as their senator, while another 72% chose a Democrat other than Kyrsten Sinema.