Trump Delivers Major Burn To Gov. Doug Ducey; Calls Him A ‘RINO,’ Says He Wouldn’t Win GOP Senatorial Primary
Former President Donald Trump stated on Monday that his strongest supporters would not get behind a senatorial campaign run by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.
Just last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that Ducey “would be a star candidate” in the GOP field for the 2022 midterm election.
Former President Trump, however, did not agree with that assessment.
“MAGA will never accept RINO Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona running for the U.S. Senate — So save your time, money, and energy, Mitch!” Trump went on to say in a statement that was published by his Save America joint fundraising committee.
The former president blames Ducey for not helping to overturn his 2020 presidential election loss in Arizona. Trump and allies insist voter fraud in Maricopa County led to President Joe Biden’s victory in the state by little more than 10,000 votes, and that Ducey did nothing about it.
Several Republicans already are vying to run against Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., in the key battleground state.
Ducey, who won reelection in 2018 in a landslide, could be the Republican with the best chance of defeating Kelly. Term limits prevent Ducey from seeking another term.
Although Ducey has signaled he’s inclined to pass on a Senate run, some Republicans remain hopeful he will reverse course and jump into the primary before the early April deadline for candidates to file their intent to run.
Given the kind of impact Trump has managed to still have over the Republican Party, it’s not far-fetched to assume that he’s right about this.
Trump’s base is loyal. He can mobilize them either for or against candidates currently running for office. The Republican Party, like it or not, is most definitely the party of Trump.