Trump-backed Republicans win GOP nominations for US Senate and secretary of state in Arizona, CNN initiatives

Blake’s mastersformer venture capitalist, will secure the Republican nomination for the US Senate, while Arizona Republicans have chosen state Rep. Mark Finchem, an election denier, as their candidate to take over the helm of the state’s election machinery, CNN projects. CNN also predicts that Trump’s preferred candidate, election denier Abraham Hamadeh, has won the Republican nomination for attorney general.

Masters will face Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, who was unopposed in his primary on Tuesday. It’s expected to be one of the nation’s most competitive and expensive midterm races, with the Senate tied 50-50.

Masters was the head of GOP megadonor Peter Thiel’s investment firm, and his campaign was supported by Thiel’s spending of more than $15 million.

Masters who have spread lies about 2020 election results and accused Democrats of trying to “change the demographics” of the country, defeated businessman Jim Lamon and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

Finchem is seeking to be the chief elections official in the state, which largely votes by mail and has been the target of many conspiracy theories by Trump and his allies, falsely claiming that the 2020 presidential election will be held. the election was stolen from the former president. . Arizona’s secretary of state is the state’s second-highest executive elected official and the first in line to serve as governor because the state does not have a lieutenant governor.

Finchem 2014 was a member of the far-right Oath Keepers and was an organizer of the Stop the Steal movement, which was fueled by Trump’s lies about election fraud.

He will face the winner of the Democratic primary between Maricopa County incumbent Adrian Fontes and state Rep. Reginald Bolding.

Finchem said state legislatures should be able to override the will of voters in presidential elections, a position that could lead to a crisis in 2024 if Republicans stick to it after the November election. election in one of the most competitive battleground states. .

Finchem believes that the legislature should be able to override the will of the voters. Two other Republican candidates in the race supported tougher election laws but rejected Finchem’s lies about election fraud.

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