Big money is rolling into Arizona as a dramatic cast of candidates duke it out for Senator Jeff Flake’s seat in the upcoming midterms.
Nearly $310,000 has been spent by super political action committees (PACs) in the elections, much of it coming from big money interests like GOP mega-donor Robert Mercer.
Now, more money may soon enter one of the most contentious races in 2018, and that could mark a massive shift in close-polling races like Arizona’s Republican primaries.
National interest in the race sparked in October when the Arizona Republican announced in a passionate speech on the floor of the Senate that he would not seek re-election.
“I will be better able to represent the people of Arizona and to better serve my country and my conscience by freeing myself from the political considerations that consume far too much bandwidth and would cause me to compromise far too many principles,” Flake said in the speech.
“To that end, I am announcing today that my service in the Senate will conclude at the end of my term in early January 2019.”
Attention only increased as more political figureheads entered a race the New York Times recently dubbed a “microcosm of the country’s politics.“
House Republican Martha McSally, the first female US fighter pilot, holds a slight lead in polls. She’s being challenged by former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who made headlines when he was pardoned by President Donald Trump in August after being convicted of criminal contempt of court. State senator Kelli Ward, who was endorsed by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, has also made a bid in the Republican primary.
On the Democratic side, House Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual woman to be elected to Congress, is campaigning as a moderate and leads the ticket. She’s being trailed by a number of low-polling Democrats.
But of the $357,230 of outside spending that has made its way into the Arizona Senate race, $285,725 of the money has come from a single group:…