Republicans Support Arizona Governor Doug Ducey As Potential Sinema Opponent
- Republicans hope that the outgoing governor of Arizona will reconsider his decision. Doug Ducey may consider running for the Senate in 2024.
- Ducey was defeated in the 2022 Senate race, but Sinema’s party change has changed the dynamics of the race.
- “I hope that [he]’ll get in,” Utah Sen. Mitt Mitt Romney told The Hill about a possible Ducey candidacy.
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Snema left the Democratic Party in order to become an Independent. Her decision instantly changed the landscape for the 2024 Senate election in the swing state.
Sinema has not yet announced if she will seek reelection in 2024 but Democrats, with whom she still caucuses through her committee assignments in the Senate, will ultimately have to figure out how to approach the race if she runs as an Independent — and a Democrat like Rep. Ruben Gallego emerges as a contender.
Republicans, who lost Arizona’s high-profile Senate, gubernatorial, and general elections this fall, are now focusing their attention on the 2024 race with greater intensity. They are now examining multiple contests across the country to see if they can flip the upper chamber.
Many Republicans are considering the outgoing Governor. Doug Ducey is one of the strongest candidates for them, despite his statement to reporters in Arizona last week that “not running for the United States Senate.”
However, many GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill supported Ducey, pointing out his business background and eight years of experience leading the state’s fast-growing economy.
Sen. John Cornyn from Texas told The HillDucey was “a lot” to him.
Cornyn stated that he was a great governor and that he is a great guy.
The Hill was informed by Sen. Mitt Romney from Utah, who is the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012. He said that Ducey would be an “excellent candidate.”
Romney stated, “I hope he’ll get into,”
Ducey was considered a potential challenger for Kelly after the 2020 election. However, former President Donald Trump was praised instead. made his distasteGovernor widely known by GOP voters in the State.
Trump challenged Joe Biden’s narrow win in the long-held GOP stronghold in 2020. But Ducey stood by the integrity of the vote count, and certified the results. This angered the former president.
Arizona Republicans nominated Blake Masters, a venture capitalist, as their Senate nominee this year. But he continued to serve. loseKelly by 5 points in the last month
Despite GOP losses in the state, Ducey’s political brand stands out from Masters and Kari Lake, who were both MAGA stalwarts who were defeated by Hobbs.
A Republican operative based in Arizona told The Hill of Ducey that “He’s not the only chance, but he is probably our best chance.” “I see it as: He’s a competent governor who knows how to campaign. He has the ability to raise money efficiently, which I consider makes him the best general election candidate.
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