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Kyrsten Sinema

Some expect rush of GOP hopefuls vying for Sen. Flake's seat

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake's decision to bow out of a re-election fight could spur a rush of other Republican candidates who hope to take on his only announced challenger in the Arizona primary next year.

The freshman senator's decision came after months of saying he expected a tough primary and general election but believed he could win. Behind the scenes, though, a drumbeat of polling showed him badly damaged by comments he made about President Donald Trump in a book released over the summer and an ongoing battle with his party's leader that began before last year's election.

Flake faced a challenge from former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who failed in her effort to beat Sen. John...

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