Jeff Flake Out, Will Not Seek Re-Election
“(Washington, DC) Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced on Tuesday that he will not run for re-election in 2018.
A late August poll showed Flake primary challenger Dr. Kelli Ward, a former Arizona state senator, ahead of Flake by double digits. The poll showed twice as many Arizona Republicans supporting Ward than Flake.
During Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, he is reported to have said he would consider spending $10 million to back a challenger to Flake.
Shortly after news broke of his plans to retire, Flake took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to explain his decision to abandon a re-election bid.
The announcement comes just a few days after conservative radio host Laura Ingraham and Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon campaigned for Ward in Phoenix.”
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