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Flake challenger drops another $250,000 on immigration ads

Cardon is challenging Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) from the right in the GOP primary for retiring Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-Ariz.) seat, and has made immigration policy a major issue in the race.

Flake isn’t mentioned in the latest ad. But in March, Cardon dubbed Flake a “poster boy” for amnesty in a website and video. Flake’s campaign said he has never supported Amnesty.

{mosads}Polling shows Flake almost 50 points ahead of Cardon, a former Flake supporter, in the Republican primary. The winner will face former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona (D) in the fall.

Cardon’s biggest advantage in the race is his ability to self-fund his campaign efforts, and he has drawn on that advantage copiously. Cardon had loaned his campaign more than $1.25 million as of the end of 2012. In March, he dropped about $230,000 on another statewide ad buy introducing himself to Arizona voters.

Cardon has also attacked Flake in videos and a website for excessive taxpayer-funded junkets, drawing on reporting from The Arizona Republic. But a fact check last week by the Republic deemed those attacks misleading.

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