Paul Gosar

'Phones are blowing up' in Arizona as Sen. Jeff Flake announces departure, roiling already complicated Senate race

'Phones are blowing up' in Arizona as Sen. Jeff Flake announces departure, roiling already complicated Senate race

Sen. Jeff Flake’s decision not to run for reelection opens up a wild race to replace him in a 2018 Arizona contest, yet his departure also comes as bad news to Republican and Democratic challengers already running.

Republican Kelli Ward had counted on taking on a wounded Flake, who has slumped in popularity as he has publicly criticized President Trump in a state that voted for the president in 2016. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, on the other hand, had counted on facing either Flake or the controversial Ward in a general election, giving Democrats their best opportunity in years to pull the seat into their hands.

Now, Arizona politicians expect a renewed push among Republicans to...

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