Politics can be an unpredictable arena. But no one expected this to happen.
And a major election shakeup just hit the Republican party in a big way.
Republicans are looking to bounce back in 2024 after disappointing results in the 2022 midterm elections.
Specifically, Blake Masters who lost his Senate election in Arizona in 2022 to incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly.
But instead of launching another bid for U.S. Senate and taking on incumbent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), Master’s is entering the race for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.
The seat has recently become open after Congresswoman Debbi Lesko (R-AZ) made the decision to recently retire.
“Biden has failed. We need Trump back. We need to stop inflation, Build the Wall, avoid WW3, and secure Arizona’s water future,” Blake Masters said in an X post.
“We need to fight for our families.”
The post also features a video which Masters express that, “We need new leaders, people who haven’t spent their careers in politics. That’s why I’m running for Congress, to fight for Arizona’s 8th.”
I'm running for Congress, to fight for Arizona's 8th.
Biden has failed. We need Trump back. We need to stop inflation, Build the Wall, avoid WW3, and secure Arizona's water future. We need to fight for our families.
— Blake Masters (@bgmasters) October 26, 2023
But in order to become the Republican nominee for the 8th Congressional District, Blake Masters must first win a primary against Abe Hamadeh who ran for attorney general last year and lost.
“While others catered to the establishment and hid after the election we continue to fight like hell for Arizona,” Hamadeh said in a social media post in which he criticized Masters.
Abe Hamadeh has been endorsed by Kari Lake who is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona.
Hamadeh also attacked Masters for not living in the 8th district and for being an establishment candidate in another X post.
“It is sad to see the establishment tricking @bgmasters into driving up all the way from Tucson and getting in the race,” his post said.
“They want the America First movement divided. Voters will remember who stood tall against the entrenched political class and who ran into their arms.”
It is sad to see the establishment tricking @bgmasters into driving up all the way from Tucson and getting in the race. They want the America First movement divided. Voters will remember who stood tall against the entrenched political class and who ran into their arms. pic.twitter.com/vZLXYRKXy6
— Abe Hamadeh (@AbrahamHamadeh) October 26, 2023
What’s ironic about Hamadeh’s criticism that Masters doesn’t live in the district he’s running in, is Hamadeh himself also lives outside of the 8th district. FEC filings show that he lives in Scottsdale which is outside of the district.
Primary voting hasn’t begun yet, which means there’s still more punches to be thrown between the two Republican congressional candidates.
Stay tuned to The Federalist Wire.