Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ) “will officially announce Monday morning that he is running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jon Kyl (R), according to a Republican source familiar with the decision,” Hotline On Call reports.
The news was first reported by the Arizona Republic Sunday afternoon. Flake will be the first candidate to officially declare his intention to run for the seat, and will instantly be regarded as a front-runner in the race.
Update: The announcement was made official. Flake has already “picked up an influential endorsement 21 months before the general election,” according to the New York Times.
Without even waiting to see who else might jump into the race for the seat being vacated by Senator Jon Kyl, the Club for Growth threw its muscle behind Mr. Flake, who for years has railed against excessive federal spending and the pet projects backed by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
“Jeff Flake is a proven, tireless champion for economic freedom, and Club for Growth PAC will do everything it can in the Republican primary and the general election to help him win this race,” said Chris Chocola, the former House member who heads the group that has influenced Republican primaries in recent years.