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Former state senator Kelli Ward continues to draw the endorsement of influential Republican figures in her race for the U.S. Senate.

Ward appeared last week in Scottsdale Thursday with former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, and again on Friday in Prescott for her “Make America Safe Again” rally, advocating for Arizona residents’ Second Amendment rights and emphasizing her focus on America’s national security.

Gorka is the former chair of Marine Corps University’s school of Military Theory, and is considered to be an authority on topics of warfare. Gorka wasted little time in taking aim at Sen. John McCain, who has made known his distaste for Trump’s brand of politics.

“John McCain is not a Republican,” Gorka said. “The man promises that he’s going to get our healthcare back, and then breaks his promise to the nation. Going up against that man tells you everything you need to know about (Ward).”

In a state that has traditionally leaned toward the right, Ward is challenging traditional conservatives under Trump’s rallying cry of “drain the swamp.” To Trump supporters such as Ward, the swamp extends to the offices of McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake. Flake will abdicate his senate seat this year.

The publication of Flake’s “Conscience of a Conservative” last year aroused the ire of avid Trump supporters, including Ward. The book is a stark criticism of what he deemed the Trump administration’s populist tactics in pursuit of the presidency.

In the book, Flake reminisced about a time when conservatives would think about ideas and enjoy good-spirited, consequential debates.

“It seems that time is gone,” Flake wrote, “Replaced by a race to the bottom to see who can be meaner and madder and crazier.”

Ward has had strong criticism for Flake and McCain as well, saying the senators have long been weak on topics of national security and border issues. Trump endorsed Ward for the U.S. Senate in a tweet last August, and she has been gaining momentum.

As of Jan. 1, Ward’s campaign raised more than $1.5 million, led only by Democratic challenger Krysten Sinema, who raised more $4.9 million. Ward has endorsements from from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, U.S. Rep. Steve King, former White House Chief of Staff Steve Bannon and radio hosts Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. A super PAC supporting Ward’s candidacy, KelliPAC, received a $500,000 donation from Beal Bank founder Andrew Beal.

“This is a woman who has common sense,” Gorka said on Thursday. “This is a woman who gets things done, just like someone else I know.”

Ward will face other conservative candidates who have received Trump’s apparent blessing. Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Iraq veteran Christian Diegel, health insurance representative Michelle Griffin, Trump campaign activist Nicholas Tutora and Arizona congresswoman Martha McSally could all appear on the ballot in Arizona’s primary elections Aug. 28.

As of Nov. 15, Ward was seen as “favorable” by about 60 percent of Arizona Republicans, and maintained a significant lead over McSally in the state’s rural areas, according to polling company Predictive Insights. In Maricopa County, however, Ward was viewed with much less enthusiasm.

According to the report, Maricopa County is expected to have almost two-thirds of the 2018 general election vote. About 34 percent of Maricopa poll participants saw Ward as “favorable,” while 47 percent saw Ward as “unfavorable.”

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HwyRovr

Here we go again - It is funny, both hilarious and peculiar, to watch goofy right-wing “pundits” support Chemtrails (“I love lobbyists”) Kelli. There are literally dozens of examples from her previous feeding at the public trough that demonstrate her uselessness as a representative of the people. Questions about her actions still abound – 1) Why did she go to Nevada to support a racist, bigoted thief who had been stealing from the American people for decades as he threatened the lives of federal officials, damaged public property and said he does not recognize the Constitution of the United States of America? – 2) Why does she feel it is more important for felons to have access to weapons than it is for felons to have the right to vote? – 3) Why did she spend thousands of dollars on a Town Hall in sad little Kingman to address the conspiracy chemtrails stupidty by bringing members of ADEQ to town (BTW ADEQ has no say on aircraft over flights of Arizona). Of course as soon as the feces hit the oscillator she threw the chemtrails fools “under the bus.” She lost to John McCain in her previous Senatorial bid when even “dark money” would not support her, saying “she is crazy.” The one thing we can count on is, if chosen, she will lose and we will finally have a Democrat representing the sane people of Arizona.

Roco

Sham artists and white nationalists seems to be attracted to each other. Just keep making Arizona the laughing stock of the country. Still competing with the likes of Alabama and Mississippi - and winning.

HwyRovr

Right on, Roco! [thumbup][thumbup]

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