WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: The GOP #AZSen Field Is So Weak…Even McConnell Is Worried

For Immediate Release
Friday, April 15, 2022
Contact: Hannah Goss, hgoss@azdem.org

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: The GOP #AZSen Field Is So Weak…Even McConnell Is Worried

“You Can’t Nominate Somebody Who’s Just Sort of Unacceptable to a Broader Group of People and Win”

PHOENIX — We’re less than four months out from Arizona’s August primary, and the “decidedly weak” field of “lesser-known Republicans” is *still* struggling to gain momentum.

For months, Mitch McConnell begged Doug Ducey to jump in the race seemingly because he knew the existing field didn’t have what it takes to win in November.

And now, it’s clear the Republican Leader is still worried about the existing field of “unacceptable” amateurs, their peddling of Donald Trump’s baseless election conspiracies, and their near-singular focus on landing the “kingmaker’s” endorsement.

Read all about the weak field and how their focus on Trump spells bad news for the Arizona GOP:

KTAR: Here’s what latest poll says about Arizona GOP primaries for governor, senator, other races

  • “None of the candidates have been able to break away and define themselves in the Senate contest,” Noble said. “They will need to do a better job of convincing voters that they deserve to be the GOP nominee to take on Kelly in November.”

MSNBC: McConnell is right to worry about ‘bizarre’ GOP Senate candidates

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said the political atmosphere is good for Republicans heading into the midterms but warned that the party could bungle its chances if “unacceptable” candidates win their primaries but go on to lose in November.
  • In Arizona, for example, there’s a sizable GOP primary field filled with candidates who don’t appear to have any interest in appealing to the American mainstream.

Bloomberg: Trump Is the GOP’s De-Facto Leader — and Biggest Election Risk

  • Trump has yet to endorse in the Arizona Senate GOP primary. He claimed that two-time Governor Doug Ducey, whom McConnell had recruited to run for Senate, decided to sit out the race because Trump wouldn’t endorse him.
  • One candidate seeking the seat, Blake Masters, tweeted that he had been at Mar-a-Lago recently and chided opponent and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich for not properly investigating the election results.


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