Arizona Gov. Ducey Turns Down Push to Run for Senate

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey squashed Republicans’ hopes he would launch a Senate campaign to challenge Democrat incumbent Mark Kelly.

In a letter to donors, the term-limited governor said he plans to focus on helping other Republicans running for office.

The Washington Examiner reports:

“If you’re going to run for public office, you have to really want the job,” he wrote in a letter to donors. “Right now I have the job I want, and my intention is to close my years of service to Arizona with a very productive final legislative session AND to help elect Republican governors across the country in my role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.”

It isn’t immediately clear which candidates will benefit from the governor’s decision. Still, his refusal to enter likely consolidates the race to two candidates: Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Thiel Foundation President Blake Masters. Ducey lauded the “strong field of candidates in Arizona” and vowed he “will be actively supporting our nominee.”

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