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Former President Donald Trump is taking sides in Arizona’s explosive Republican Senate primary in the race to challenge Democratic Senator Mark Kelly in November.
The former president on Thursday endorsed Blake Masters, a venture capitalist and protege of billionaire hedge fund giant Peter Thiel, who is one of five GOP candidates vying for the Aug. 2 primary in crucial US state Arizona. general election battleground that also borders Mexico.
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“Blake is strong on border security, especially the dire southern border where people are pouring into the United States in their millions and destroying our country,” the former president said in a statement released by his political action committee Save. America. “Plus, he’ll cut taxes and regulations, be tough on crime, and support our military and vets. Blake will fight for our second amendment totally under siege and WILL WIN!”
Trump’s Masters endorsement comes as no surprise.
Trump made an appearance at a Masters fundraiser at the former president’s Mar-a-lago Florida resort in November. And Trump called a campaign event for the Masters in late April. There was speculation that Trump would officially endorse Masters earlier this year, but the endorsement never materialized at the time.
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Trump is also increasingly online with Thiel, the PayPal co-founder and tech billionaire who funneled more than $13 million of his own money into a pro-Masters super PAC. Until March this year, Masters ran Thiel Capital and the Thiel Foundation. Trump in April — just before the Ohio GOP Senate primary — endorsed another Thiel-backed candidate who worked for the billionaire, JD Vance. With the former president’s backing, Vance surged and won a hotly contested GOP primary battle.
“President Trump is a great man and a visionary. He saved this country from Hillary Clinton’s regime and forever transformed American politics…and he’s not done yet,” Masters said in a statement. . “It’s amazing to have his support – I wish everyone knew how it feels”
Masters is a strong supporter of the former president’s unproven claims that the 2020 election was riddled with massive voter fraud and rigged to deliver a fake victory for President Biden. And Trump, in his statement, once again highlighted his grievances.
“Arizona is a state where the 2020 election was rigged and stolen, and a very thorough audit proved it,” accused the former president. “Blake knows the ‘crime of the century’ happened, he will expose it and never let it happen again.”
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And Trump again took aim at Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich — one of Masters’ main rivals for the GOP Senate nomination — who, in the days following the 2020 presidential election, rejected Trump’s claims that voter fraud was to blame for the then-president’s narrow loss. now President Biden in Arizona.
Last year, Brnovich launched an investigation after Republican State Senate Speaker Karen Fann urged him to investigate the findings of a controversial ballot review that she and other senators from the state GOP led last year on the more than two million votes cast in Maricopa County, the largest county in the state. .
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“Mark Brnovich is such a disappointment to me,” Trump said in his statement. And the former president claimed Brnovich “does not support clean and fair elections, law and order, and could not properly represent the people of Arizona in the United States Senate.”
Jim Lamon, a solar energy businessman who poured millions of his own money into his bid for the Senate, retired Gen. Mick McGuire, the former adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard, and Arizona Corporation Commission member Justin Olson are also running for the Republican nomination.
Lamon ran an ad that attacks Masters as a “puppet” of Big Tech, referencing his close relationship with Thiel.
The winner of the GOP primary will face Kelly, the former astronaut who in 2020 won a special election to fill the final two years of the late GOP Sen. John McCain’s term. With Democrats facing historic headwinds and a very unfavorable political climate as the midterm elections approach, beating Kelly in the Purple State won’t be easy.
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Kelly has hauled in a whopping $39 million in fundraising so far this election cycle and had a whopping $23.2 million in his campaign coffers at the end of March.