Bannon to campaign with Flake challenger in Ariz.: report

Bannon to campaign with Flake challenger in Ariz.: report
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon on Tuesday will reportedly campaign with former Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward (R), who is running for United States Senate.

The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman reported the news on Twitter Monday, noting that conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham invited Bannon to the event.

Ward has launched a primary bid against Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP anxiety grows over Trump’s Iran decision GOP senator: Trump's comment on Kim Jong Un 'surpasses understanding' Republican candidate favored in Arizona special House election MORE (R-Ariz.). Bannon’s appearance with her on the campaign trail is another iteration in his vow to challenge the Republican establishment in the 2018 midterm elections.

Last weekend, Bannon declared a “season of war” on the GOP establishment.

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Bannon also supported former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who ultimately defeated Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP intensifies war against Blankenship in West Virginia Republicans fear Cochran replacement puts Senate seat at risk Mississippi is new headache for GOP in the South MORE (R-Ala.), in a Republican primary runoff last month.

President Trump has not endorsed a candidate in Arizona, but has praised Ward for challenging Flake, slamming the GOP senator as “weak on borders.”

“Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He's toxic!” the president said in August.