Ward: Flake’s resigning because I challenged him
Jan. 23, 2018
Joe Arpaio and Rep. Martha McSally formally announced their plans to run for Sen. Jeff Flake’s Senate seat last week, joining Dr. Kelli Ward, who announced she would be challenging Flake in October 2016.
Ward, a former State Senator, announced her plans to run against Flake two months after her failed attempt to unseat Sen. John McCain in the 2016 elections. Ward received 39 percent of the vote in 2016. One year after her announcement, Flake declared he would not seek reelection.
Ward says that while Flake publicly says his resignation is a result of his ongoing feud with President Trump, she believes that he was intimidated by her challenge. “The 30 points that I was up on Senator Flake helped him to make that decision,” said Ward.