Attorney General Brnovich Enters Arizona Senate Race

By Matthew Casey, Associated Press
Published: Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:16pm
Updated: Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:41pm

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says he’s running in the Republican primary for a chance at taking Democrat Mark Kelly’s seat in the U.S. Senate.

Brnovich has been Arizona’s top law enforcement official since 2015.

He enters the 2022 Senate race days after the former head of the Arizona National Guard, Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire, said he is also running.

Brnovich is the best-known GOP candidate and the only one with political experience.

In a video announcement, Brnovich described himself as the son of immigrants who fled communism in Yugoslavia. He says he used his post as attorney general to take on “crony capitalists" and promote religious liberty, border security and election integrity.

Solar energy entrepreneur Jim Lamon has also announced plans to seek the GOP nomination. U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs has said he's considering a run but has not announced a decision.

Kelly, a retired astronaut, won a special election last year to finish the late John McCain’s last Senate term. He is now running for a full six-year term. The race is one of the most high-profile contests in 2022 and will help determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

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