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Arizona attorney general, slammed by Trump, announces Senate bid

June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich officially announced a Senate campaign on Thursday, eying a general election matchup with incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.

(CNN)Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich officially announced a Senate campaign on Thursday, eying a general election matchup with incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.

Brnovich, who was elected as the top law enforcement official for the state in 2014, enters the race as the favorite in a somewhat crowded field of Republicans to take on Kelly, who's running for a full six-year term next year after winning the Senate seat last fall.

In a sign of how Brnovich plans to woo the Trump base, his announcement video focuses on how "trust" in everything from safety to the economy to the vote is the "cornerstone of our republic. " The video features clips of both President Joe Biden and Kelly, arguing they have "failed" to live up to the trust voters put in them and that they are the reason "mistrust runs deep. "

Trump will be a factor for Brnovich, however, with the former President making clear that he plans to be active in the 2022 midterms, using his power with the Republican base to back candidates whom he believes will be loyal to issues he cares about, like passing restrictive voting laws.

Trump, who has fully thrown his support behind a so-called audit of election results in Arizona's Maricopa County, recently slammed Brnovich as someone who has "done little so far on Voter Integrity and the 2020 Presidential Election Scam. "

"Brnovich's announcement means Arizona's Republican Senate primary will be nasty, expensive -- and long," said David Bergstein, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, linking to a statement where Trump calls Brnovich "lackluster. "

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