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The pressure for Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon to challenge Sen. John McCain doesn’t end with conservative outside groups hoping to unseat the five-term senator.
“Numerous members in the House — and some members of the Senate,” have encouraged Salmon to run in a GOP primary, “which has shocked me greatly,” the congressman told CQ Roll Call Wednesday.
Rep. Paul Gosar beat back a competitive GOP primary challenge Tuesday and former Rep. Matt Salmon won the nomination that clears the way for him to return to Congress after a more than decade long hiatus.
The GOP races in the 4th and 5th districts were the two most-watched Republican primaries outside of the blockbuster Member-vs.-Member race involving Reps. David Schweikert and Ben Quayle in the 6th district. Full story
Rep. David Schweikert will be returning to Congress and Rep. Ben Quayle will not.
The two Republican freshmen have engaged in one of the nastiest Member-vs.-Member primaries of the cycle. At the time the Associated Press called the GOP primary, Schweikert was leading Quayle, 53 percent to 47 percent.
The two men shared similar political records. In the final stretch, it was a brutal, personal fight.
Rep. Jeff Flake (R) has endorsed former Arizona state Speaker Kirk Adams over former Rep. Matt Salmon in the GOP primary to succeed Flake in Congress.
“With the primary election just days away, I’m being asked a lot about who I prefer for Congressional District Five,” Flake said in a statement. “I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Matt Salmon, so my decision is not a matter of voting against someone, but rather for someone. That someone is Kirk Adams.
“I’ve known Kirk for years, and have watched his steady, thoughtful leadership as speaker of the Arizona House. I’m confident that, if elected, Kirk will provide the same conservative leadership in Washington,” he added.
Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Tuesday backed former Rep. Matt Salmon in the 5th district GOP primary.
Salmon, who retired in 2001, is running against former state Speaker Kirk Adams.
“I had the pleasure of serving with Matt Salmon in the Arizona State Senate. Over the years, I have come to know him as an honest, hard-working, family man who is deeply committed to public service,” Brewer said in a statement.
The 5th district is a safe Republican seat and the GOP primary winner is likely to win easily in November.
Two Arizona House candidates each picked up an endorsement that will likely help them in their contested primaries.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is endorsing former Rep. Matt Salmon in Salmon’s quest to return to Congress in Arizona’s 5th district. And on Monday, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D) announced he is backing state Senate Minority Leader David Schapira in his race for the 9th district seat.
Rep. Jeff Flake raised $935,000 for his Senate bid in the first quarter of the year and ended March with about $3 million in cash on hand.
It is a strong quarter, and Flake is the favorite to win the GOP primary. However, real estate investor Wil Cardon has shown a capacity to self-fund and has been on television with ads, including this one currently on the air funded with a $250,000 buy:
http://youtu.be/SZ7puJpjdSM Full story
Arizona’s Congressional redistricting plan has been pre-cleared by the Department of Justice.
In a letter dated today, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote that the department has no objection under the Voting Rights Act to the proposed boundaries.
The plan was drawn up by the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission, a bipartisan group made up of two Republicans, two Democrats and a registered Independent named Colleen Mathis.
The plan was approved by Mathis and the Democrats, but state and national Republicans were angered. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) and the GOP-controlled state Senate removed Mathis from the commission, but they were overruled by the state Supreme Court.