Politics Arizona AG Mark Brnovich launches Senate challenge to Mark Kelly

00:55  11 june  2021
00:55  11 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joins 2022 race to oust Mark Kelly

  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joins 2022 race to oust Mark Kelly Outspoken Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a leader in the effort by states to fight President Biden’s open border policies and liberal election “reforms,” is joining the 2022 race to replace new Sen. Mark Kelly. © Photo courtesy office of Mark Brnovich. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich leads a tour of the state border with Mexico. He has been sharply critical of the Biden administration's border policies.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) is jumping into the race against Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.).

Mark Brnovich wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Arizona AG Mark Brnovich launches Senate challenge to Mark Kelly © Arizona Attorney General's Office Arizona AG Mark Brnovich launches Senate challenge to Mark Kelly

Brnovich, who's serving out his second term as Arizona's top law enforcement official, announced his decision on Thursday, vowing to restore what he described as eroding trust in government.

"Trust is the cornerstone of our republic. But Arizonans have lost it - and for good reason," Brnovich said in a statement. "We entrust our elected leaders to protect our freedom and they've failed us."

"Today, Arizonans lack confidence in the state of the world, the safety of their communities, their vote, their personal freedoms, and definitely in our representatives in Washington. What we have is a real vacuum of leadership."

Arizona AG running for Senate after tangling with Trump

  Arizona AG running for Senate after tangling with Trump State Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined the crowded GOP primary to take on Democrat Mark Kelly, despite recent barbs from former President Donald Trump over the so-called Maricopa County election audit.Brnovich is the first elected official to join the race and is the third major candidate in what’s fast becoming one of the most contested primary elections in the country. But he also faces a challenge in winning over the Republican base, after former President Donald Trump has criticized him several weeks over the ongoing and controversial audit of the 2020 election in the state's largest county.

Brnovich's announcement adds a high-profile name to the fast-growing list of Republicans vying to challenge Kelly in 2022.

Retired Maj. Gen. Mick McGuire, who led the Arizona National Guard through the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, launched his Senate campaign on Tuesday, becoming the second major contender for the GOP nomination after solar energy entrepreneur Jim Lamon.

But Brnovich enters the race with the benefit of already having won statewide office twice, most recently in 2018 when he defeated Democrat January Contreras by a 4-point margin.

More recently, however, Brnovich has become the target of former President Trump's ire for his tepid support of the Arizona state Senate's ongoing audit of 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County.

Arizona AG Brnovich on opting-out of Google tracking: 'It's almost impossible'

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With his 2020 loss, Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to face defeat to a Democrat in Arizona since former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas) in 1996.

More than seven months after his electoral loss to President Biden, Trump has continued to insist without evidence that the 2020 election was stolen from him and has touted the audit in Maricopa County as a valiant effort to uncover inaccuracies in the vote count.

"As massive crime in the 2020 Election is becoming more and more evident and obvious, Brnovich is nowhere to be found," Trump said in a recent statement. "He is always on television promoting himself, but never mentions the Crime of the Century, that took place during the 2020 Presidential Election, which was Rigged and Stolen."

But Brnovich spoke with Trump over the weekend, according to sources close to the attorney general, who said that the two had a positive conversation in which they discussed the Arizona Senate race.

Still, Trump's previous attacks on Brnovich could prove to be a liability in a Republican primary, given the former president's heavy influence over GOP voters in Arizona and across the country. There's also a possibility that Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), one of the biggest boosters in Congress of Trump's rigged election claims, will jump into the Senate race.

The eventual winner of the primary will take on Kelly in the 2022 general election. Kelly was elected last year to serve out the remainder of the late Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) term in office, handing Democrats control of both of Arizona's Senate seats for the first time in nearly 70 years.

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