The following is an excerpt from MAX KUTNER | October 24, 2017 | Newsweek.com |
enator Jeff Flake of Arizona may have paved the way to Congress for Dr. Kelli Ward when he announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election. Ward had been running to unseat him in the 2018 Republican primary.
A former physician and state senator, Ward challenged Senator John McCain in the 2016 Republican primary. Though unsuccessful, she came within 11.3 percentage points of defeating the 30-year incumbent, the closest anyone has come, and garnered 39.9 percent of votes. After that race, she announced she would challenge Flake, who has held his seat since 2013.
Following Flake’s announcement on Tuesday, Ward tweeted, “Arizona voters are the big winners in @JeffFlake’s decision not to seek re-election. They deserve a strong conservative in the Senate who supports @POTUS & the ‘America First’ agenda.”
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