Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) “is nearing a decision on a Senate run, and is leaning heavily towards launching a campaign, according to Arizona Republican operatives in the state,” Hotline On Call reports.
The Arizona Republic reported over the weekend that he has tentatively set April 7 as the date he will announce his decision. If Franks enters the race, he sets up a social versus fiscal conservative primary battle with Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
“The popular opinion out here is that Congressman Franks is very heavily leaning towards running. If I were doing stats, I’d give him better than a 90 percent chance that he does run,” Arizona Republican Party executive director Brett Mecum told Hotline On Call on Monday.
Franks “would run to the right of Flake on social issues.”
Update (4/1): He’s decided not to run.