Biden endorses first Latina attorney general candidate in Arizona

Biden endorses first Latina attorney general candidate in Arizona
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden to campaign for Stacey Abrams next week Dems with political experience could have edge in 2020 primary, says pollster Ford taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing MORE on Monday endorsed January Contreras, a Democratic former prosecutor who is running to unseat Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R).

If elected, Contreras would be the first Latina to hold the position in Arizona.

Contreras's campaign announced the endorsement on Twitter Monday.

In his endorsement, Biden praised Contreras as a fourth-generation Arizonan who "uses the courtroom to protect the people of Arizona."

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While Brnovich is favored to win reelection, he could still face a strong challenge from Contreras in a year expected to favor Democrats, reported The Arizona Republic.

Brnovich has taken Arizona into a number of high-profile and controversial legal fights, including a 20-state push to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Arizona, though, has become a battleground state with Hispanic voter participation on the rise.

According to Governing Magazine, which focuses on state and local politics, Brnovich is the best-positioned Republican in an Arizona statewide race in 2018, but Contreras could score a surprise win if Latinos and Democrats turn out in November.

In November, Arizona will also pick a replacement for retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGrassley panel scraps Kavanaugh hearing, warns committee will vote without deal Coulter mocks Kavanaugh accuser: She'll only testify 'from a ski lift' Poll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it MORE (R). Gov. Doug Ducey (R) is also running for reelection.

The state holds primary elections Aug. 28.