June 30, 2021 Press Releases

RELEASE: Here’s What You’ve Missed In the GOP Senate Primary

At the end of Q2, the GOP Senate race has already turned into a chaotic, expensive, and brutal primary

PHOENIX — Today marks the end of the 2nd quarter filing period for all federal candidates. And though the GOP Senate primary isn’t until August 2022, Jim Lamon, Mick McGuire and Mark Brnovich have already begun fighting each other to prove their fealty to President Trump and his partisan, conspiracy-driven “audit” — even when that means selling out Arizonans.In case you haven’t tuned in, check out a roundup of how the GOP primary has taken shape this quarter.

First let’s meet the primary candidates as they’ve been introduced to Arizonans:

Jim Lamon: Senate hopeful Jim Lamon rips Capitol Hill spending, but his company got COVID-19 relief (AZ Republic)

Mick McGuire: GOP Senate candidate Michael McGuire: Biden ‘duly elected President of the United States’ but supports audit (AZ Republic)

Mark Brnovich: Trump lashes out against possible U.S. Senate candidate Mark Brnovich over election audit (AZ Republic)

Now that we’ve introduced the field, let’s talk about the Trump-shaped elephant in the room:

CNN, How Donald Trump is already sabotaging one of Senate Republicans’ best takeover chances:

[Trump’s intervention] opens up the possibility that a more Trump-y candidate emerges as the GOP nominee — a development that would make it less likely for Republicans to beat Kelly in the fall…That Trump is already meddling in one of his party’s key takeover chances bodes very poorly for McConnell and Senate Republicans heading into 2022.

“I don’t care if it’s Donald Trump or anybody else, any time you’re in a circular firing squad firing at each other, it’s not a good thing,” state Sen. T.J. Shope (R) said in an interview. “We continue to make these same types of mistakes over and over and wonder why Democrats seem to be closing the gap.” …

“If the Republican candidate is capable of garnering 85 to 90 percent of their base, and then you need to pick up a plurality of unaffiliated voters, Trump’s been unable to do that,” said Chuck Coughlin, a longtime Republican lobbyist in Arizona. “So the party cast in Trump’s visage is not capable of winning statewide elections.”

Which brings us to the unpopular conspiracy-driven ‘audit,’ which has become a major “purity test” in the primary:

AZ Republic, ‘Fighting for democracy here’: Election audit pits Maricopa County Republicans vs. Arizona GOP senators:

…Arizona’s audit has emerged as a purity test in a party that lately appears to value loyalty to Trump more than the traditional GOP values associated with former President Ronald Reagan and others. In that respect, it is akin to Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., getting bounced from congressional GOP leadership after she repeatedly condemned Trump over the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol rather than making the GOP case against Biden…

Republican Supervisor Jack Sellers, the board’s chair, said at the news briefing the county would stop responding to future requests “from this sham process.” He told state senators to finish the review and be prepared to defend it in court.

Politico, Arizona ballot audit shows signs of backfiring on GOP:

“It’s a failure. It’s a joke,” said Sean Noble, a top GOP operative in the state, advising Republicans elsewhere to “avoid it. The election is long over, time to look forward.” …If a candidate supports the audit, the poll shows, Arizona voters would be less likely to support that politician by a margin of 9 percentage points.

ADP Spokesperson Sarah Guggenheimer released the following statement:

“The primary has only just begun, and already it’s impossible to tell if these candidates are running for Senate or running to prove who’s least capable of representing Arizonans and most loyal to President Trump.”