AZ attorney general considering run against Sen. Mark Kelly in 2022

by Peter Heck · Apr 21st, 2021 10:08 am

Last Updated Apr 23rd, 2021 at 12:49 am

Arizona's Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich is considering a run for the United States Senate in 2022, a move that could potentially boost his party's chances of taking back control of an evenly divided senate.

Currently, Republicans hold 50 Senate seats, but with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote, Democrats maintain power over both houses of Congress.

Brnovich, 54, has already won two statewide elections, maintaining support of a sharply divided Republican party in Arizona. That success has convinced many Republicans that he is the second best chance they have for defeating Democrat incumbent Mark Kelly.

Kelly, the husband of former congresswoman and gun control activist Gabby Giffords, was elected to fill the remaining years of Senator John McCain upon his death. He is seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbents by political oddsmakers.

Republicans would prefer to convince their incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey to challenge Kelly, but that seems unlikely, despite Ducey being subject to term limits for his current position. In his absence, other Republicans have signaled their intent to run, but none with the name recognition in the state as Brnovich.

"The attorney general is strongly considering a run for U.S. Senate and is being asked by folks inside and outside of Arizona to consider a campaign," a source close to Brnovich's office said on Monday.


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