Trump to attend fundraiser for Arizona Republican Senate candidate

Previous President TrumpDonald TrumpNASCAR seeks to distance itself from Republican rallying cry ‘Come on, Brandon’ Jan. 6 panel weighs contempt after brief statement to former Trump Justice Department official Clark Broken promises: Veterans health care is being replaced by the private sector MORE He is scheduled to attend a fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago resort next week with Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters, his first public appearance in the state Senate race.

A fundraising invitation obtained by The Hill shows that the event will take place on Wednesday and costs $ 2,900 per person. Donors or couples who donate $ 25,000 prior to the event will also receive a photo with Trump.

The invitation also shows that the event’s host committee includes a variety of prominent tech titans and conservative mega-donors, including Peter Thiel, who has already invested $ 10 million in a super PAC backing Masters, and Rebekah Mercer.

Masters is the Chief Operating Officer of Thiel Capital and President of the Thiel Foundation. The news of the fundraiser was first reported by Political.

Trump’s involvement in the fundraiser is notable given that he has not issued an endorsement in the Republican Senate primaries. He has officially endorsed candidates running in the Arizona gubernatorial and secretary of state elections.

It was not immediately clear if the fundraiser was an indication that Trump was leaning toward backing Masters, who has a mutual ally with the former president in Thiel, or if Trump is still considering backing another contender.

Among the other Republicans running for a chance to face the senator. Mark KellyMark Kelly ‘An Earthquake’: GOP soars after Democrats slam McConnell on Tuesday criticizing possible payments to separated migrant families Democrats face wrath from women over loss of paid leave MORE (D-Ariz.) Next year it’s Arizona Secretary of State Mark Brnovich and businessman Jim Lamon.

Both Masters and Brnovich have competed to show their loyalty to Trump, who remains wildly popular with Republican grassroots in Arizona, though Trump has criticized Brnovich for what he suggested was insufficient support for a Republican-led audit of the race. November presidential in the state. .

That audit finally showed that President BidenJoe BidenHouse Passes 1 Trillion Infrastructure Bills, Advances Social Spending Plan Virginia Democrats Concede Loss of State House Liberals, Moderate Strike Deal on Biden’s Agenda, Clearing the Way for MORE votes Arizona won by a slightly wider margin than initially believed.

Brnovich has tried to bolster his conservative bona fides by using his office to sue the Biden administration over its corporate vaccine mandates, though Masters has posted notices calling the attorney general weak on illegal immigration.

An internal poll commissioned by the pro-Masters Saving Arizona super PAC this month and obtained by The Hill showed that Brnovich’s unfavorable rating jumped from 9 percent to 20 percent since the ad’s launch and that Masters’ support in the primaries among the Probable voters increased from 5 percent to 14 percent.

The poll showed Brnovich leading the Masters by a 29-5 margin in August compared to a 26-14 margin in October.

There is still speculation that the governor of limited term. Doug duceyDoug Ducey Arizona challenges demand to stop using COVID-19 aid money for anti-mask schools Republicans ready to sweep up Virginia, astonishing Democrats Grant Woods, McCain’s old friend and former Arizona attorney general, dies at 67 years PLUS (R) could run for the Senate, though Trump is likely looking to curb his momentum after the governor repeatedly downplayed Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of fraud in the November presidential race in Arizona.

The race to unseat Kelly is one of the GOP’s top offensive opportunities next year, along with Senate races in Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire. Kelly won a special election in 2020 to serve the rest of the late senator. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain Renewing Magnitsky: The Best Weapon Against An Emerging Security Threat Biden Puts Presidency On The Line With The House 5 Things To Watch Out For As Biden Heads To Europe MORE(R-Ariz.) And will run for a full term of its own next year.

Arizona had long been a conservative stronghold, but a population surge in and around Purple Phoenix, a suburban backlash to Trump, and an increasingly diverse electorate made it more competitive, piling up in Sen. Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten SinemaOn The Money – Presented by Citi – A House Divided on a Unified Agenda Showdown: Pelosi Challenges Liberals to Sink Infrastructure Bill To Counter Racial Politics, Congress Must Protect Federal Voting Rights for All MOREThe victory (D) in 2018 and the victories of Biden and Kelly there in 2020. Last year marked the first time that a Democratic presidential candidate won the state since 1996.

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