Hannity backs Kelli Ward in primary against Flake

Hannity backs Kelli Ward in primary against Flake
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Fox News host Sean Hannity has endorsed former Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward (R) in her primary bid to unseat Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeVeteran political reporter says New Hampshire voters have 'hunger' to moderate political turbulence McConnell, Flake clash over protecting Mueller probe McCain would have said ‘enough’ to acrimony in midterms, says Cindy McCain MORE (R-Ariz.).

A reporter for U.S. News & World Report first broke the news on Wednesday, saying Ward told the crowd at an event in Sun Lakes that Hannity voiced his support as they were taping a radio interview. 

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"I warmly offer you my endorsement and my support," Hannity reportedly said on his radio program.

Hannity called Ward's challenge to Flake "a race she can win.”

“But I’m throwing my support early behind you,” he added.

Ward, who unsuccessfully ran against Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain takes aim at Trump: We need a strong leader, 'not a negative Nancy' McCain would have said ‘enough’ to acrimony in midterms, says Cindy McCain Trump nominates Jim Gilmore for ambassador post MORE (R-Ariz.) last year, has based her platform on being a staunch ally of President Trump, as Flake has recently ramped up criticism of the commander-in-chief.

Trump has repeatedly ripped both Flake and McCain, tweeting Wednesday that Arizona's junior senator is "weak on crime."

And last week, he offered up praise for Ward:

Trump has yet to explicitly endorse Ward, while Flake has enjoyed the support of the super PAC allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAs Democrats gear up to challenge Trump in 2020, the key political divide will be metropolitan versus rural McConnell: Criminal justice bill unlikely this year On The Money: Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority | Grassley opts for Finance gavel, setting Graham up for Judiciary | Trump says China eager for trade deal | Facebook reeling after damning NYT report MORE (R-Ky.).

Hannity also endorsed Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksHouse GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses Trump immigration measures struggle in the courts Latino groups intervene in Alabama census lawsuit MORE (R-Ala.) in the Alabama Senate special election, though Brooks later failed to advance to the September primary runoff.

—Updated at 4:33 p.m.