Trump endorses Arizona governor ahead of primary

Trump endorses Arizona governor ahead of primary
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer chairman of Wisconsin GOP party signals he will comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoena Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon tells Russia to stand down Billionaire GOP donor maxed out to Manchin following his Build Back Better opposition MORE endorsed Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) ahead of the state's Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. 

"Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona is doing a great job. It would be really nice to show your support tomorrow by voting for him in Tuesdays Primary," Trump tweeted. "Doug is strong on Crime, the Border, and our Second Amendment. Loves our Military & our Vets. He has my full and complete Endorsement."

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The endorsement came in a string of tweets, in which Trump reiterated his support for Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats sense opportunity with SCOTUS vacancy Broward County Sheriff sacks deputy union head amid COVID-19 dispute Biden leading Trump, DeSantis by similar margins in new poll MORE (R-Fla.) in his gubernatorial bid and for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), who's challenging Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonJames Webb telescope reaches final destination a million miles from Earth Overnight Energy & Environment — Earth records its hottest years ever Global temperatures in past seven years hottest ever observed, new data show MORE (D-Fla.) for his Senate seat.

Ducey is facing a primary challenge from former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, but is expected to win the GOP nomination on Tuesday.

Scott, meanwhile, is facing only a nominal GOP challenge in his Senate bid, while DeSantis is locked in a primary race with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Florida's primaries are also slated for Tuesday.

Absent from the list of presidential accolades tweeted by Trump was any mention of Arizona's bitterly contested Republican Senate primary.

Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Business groups, sensing victory, keep up pressure over tax hikes Kelly raises million in third quarter MORE (R-Ariz.) is competing against two conservative firebrands — former state Sen. Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio — in a primary that has threatened to divide the state's conservative base.

Trump has so far stayed out of the Arizona GOP Senate primary, but the candidates have raced to tie themselves to the president. McSally is considered the front-runner, but challenges from Ward and Arpaio have pushed her to the right, particularly on issues like immigration and her support for Trump.

The winner is expected to face presumed Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) in November. Sinema faces little primary opposition, allowing her to focus on the general election to replace retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake meets with Erdoğan in first official duties as US ambassador Poll: Sinema approval higher among Arizona Republicans than Democrats Cruz to get Nord Stream 2 vote as part of deal on Biden nominees MORE (R).