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February 12, 2016

Romney Endorses in Targeted Arizona Race

Mitt Romney endorsed in an Arizona House race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mitt Romney threw his support behind Arizona state Speaker Andy Tobin on Monday, marking the latest candidate Romney has  endorsed in the midterm elections.

Other Republicans backed by Romney this cycle include Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, who is facing a competitive GOP primary next month, state Del. Barbara Comstock in Virginia’s open 10th District, and state Sen. Joni Ernst for Iowa’s open Senate seat, among others.

“I am proud to support Andy Tobin for Congress,” Romney said in a statement. “Andy is a proven conservative whose leadership in Arizona has been crucial to cutting state government spending, lowering taxes and fighting to stop ObamaCare.”

Tobin is one of a handful of Republicans looking to oust Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s 1st District. Tobin will face state Rep. Adam Kwasman and businessman Gary Kiehne in the Aug. 26 primary, one of the latest primaries in the country.

The district shares a large percentage of the state’s northern border with Utah, where Mitt Romney is widely popular. He carried this district in 2012 by 2 points, as Kirkpatrick won re-election with 49 percent of the vote.

Arizona’s 1st District is rated a Tilt Democratic contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Bonky

    Arizona CD 1 is the district which used to have Rick Renzi, who was indicted and sentenced to jail time. It also has many towns that have approved civil unions.

  • AZ WI

    Guess Romney is a Tea Party man that only cares about his 1% with his endorsement of Tobin

  • One Thirsty Bear

    If the differences between each of us were not so striking, the ideas of individual worth and individual liberty would not be so important.

  • Mr. Sequel

    No matter how altruistic one person may be, the human needs that he can gauge accurately are limited to a tiny fraction of society.

  • Six Edits

    Those collectivist demands that cloak the anti-social passion of envy behind a label of “social justice” have become a threat to liberty.

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