Peter Thiel makes $10M bet on associate in Arizona Senate race - 2021-04-26

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F0.png Peter Thiel makes $10M bet on associate in Arizona Senate race April 26, 2021, Alex Isenstadt, Politico

Thiel's support could play a major role in Arizona by helping Masters possibly scare away would-be Republican opponents. The list of potential candidates also includes state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, energy company executive Jim Lamon and Rep. Andy Biggs. The anti-tax Club for Growth has signaled it would likely back Biggs, the chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and an outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump, should he enter the contest.

Some Republicans also pine for GOP Gov. Doug Ducey, who is term-limited next year. But Ducey — who has said he does not plan to run for Senate — has come into Trump's crosshairs recently for a perceived lack of support for state legislative Republicans' efforts to "audit" last year's election results in Maricopa County, where a majority of the state's voters live.

Republicans are looking to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, whom they have identified as one of their top targets after Kelly's special election victory last year. But the state has grown increasingly Democratic friendly in recent years; Democrats hold the state's two Senate seats and President Joe Biden carried Arizona's 11 electoral votes. Kelly, a retired astronaut who is married to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, reported raising $4.4 million during the first three months of this year.

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