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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 10:45 AM

White House squeezes Jeff Flake - GOP primary foes have been in talks with the president

White House squeezes Jeff Flake

The Arizona senator's potential GOP primary foes have been in talks with the president and top administration officials.

By ALEX ISENSTADT 07/17/2017 05:12 AM EDT

The White House has met with at least three actual or prospective primary challengers to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in recent weeks, a reflection of Donald Trumpís strained relations with the senator and the latest sign of the presidentís willingness to play hardball with lawmakers who cross him ó even Republican incumbents.

Flake, a longtime Trump critic who refused to endorse the president during the 2016 campaign, is one of a handful of undecided Republican votes on the Obamacare repeal effort. Heís also one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection in 2018.

Since taking office, Trump has spoken with Arizona state Treasurer Jeff DeWit, a top official on his 2016 campaign, on at least two occasions, according to two sources familiar with the talks. More recently, since June, White House officials have also had discussions with former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who has announced her bid, and former Arizona GOP Chairman Robert Graham, who like DeWit is exploring a campaign.

At a Republican National Committee meeting outside of San Diego in May, David Bossie, Trumpís deputy campaign manager and the president of the influential conservative outside group Citizens United, told Graham that either he or DeWit would likely get substantial backing from conservatives should either enter the contest, according to three people familiar with the conversation.


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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 10:46 AM

1. That's a nice Senate campaign you got there Jeff....be a shame if anything happened to it. (n/t)

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