Donald Trump throws support behind anti-gay Arizona US Senate candidate

Political world watches Arizona as Trump heads West

Political world watches Arizona as Trump heads West

On Monday, Ward released a new campaign online video called "Arizona deserves better", which will be "distributed digitally across Arizona this week, including in the downtown Phoenix region via digital geographic targeting prior to the President's campaign rally on Tuesday evening", her campaign said in a statement.

Last but not least, Trump may step further into next year's Arizona Senate race by further tormenting one of his most outspoken Republican critics, the state's junior U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, and potentially upsetting the delicate balance of power in the Senate.

For the LGBTQ community, the strong possibility of Ward as US senator (given Arizona's strong Republican lean) should be especially concerning, not just in light of Flake's support for some LGBTQ-friendly legislation, but because of Ward's hostility towards the LGBTQ community. There are plenty of people who cross our border every single month every single week who are coming here to do us harm. Kelli Ward (R), for being "crazy" - and borrows a favorite Trump phrase to point out she lost "big league" to Sen. And Ward is expected to be in attendance, as a sign of the president's decision to snub Flake.

President Trump endorsed Ward last week.

"I've been selected by the people of our state and the people of our country".

Flake had also recently published a book, "Conscience of a Conservative". The president had earlier threatened to spend as much as $10 million to take out the incumbent Republican.

Her campaign has received both manpower and money from Trump supporters. Senate Republicans have rallied around Flake, looking to defend him as they worry a divisive and nasty primary could hurt their chances at holding the seat.

Ward may not be the only candidate who runs against Flake, however, as a pair of more serious GOP contenders with close trump ties - Arizona state Treasurer Jeff DeWit and former state party chairman Robert Graham - are also eying bids, with the quiet encouragement of some White House staff.

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