AZ Central reported on Tuesday that Senator Jeff Flake will not be seeking re-election for 2018.
Flake, who intended to detail the announcement on the Senate floor, has decided to step away, citing the nastiness of Trump-era Republican politics. He was facing stiff opposition in the coming primary from within his own party, and was slipping in the polls.
Senator Flake told the Arizona Republic that he thinks “there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party.”
- According to AP, Flake says ‘reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior’ is dangerous to Democracy. (3:18 p.m. ET)
- AP reports that Flake says that his “allies looking elsewhere for leadership.” (3:24 p.m. ET)
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