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2022 Arizona Republican US Senate candidate Blake Masters is considering a Congressional run, according to sources familiar with the matter. This week, investigative journalist Laura Loomer broke the news on X that Masters hopes to replace Republican Debbie Lesko, who recently announced that she is not seeking reelection in 2024. Lesko has represented Arizona’s 8th district since 2018 and previously served as an Arizona state Senator and state Representative.

“Results from a focus group that were shared with me shows that Masters had terribly bad results,” Loomer said on X. “Masters could be a drag on Trump in Arizona in 2024 if he’s on the ticket due to how disliked he is.” Loomer cited focus group results showing an unfavorable outlook for Masters. “Source tells me Blake is looking to run against Republican Abe Hamadeh, who filed to run for Congress in Arizona’s 8th District.”

Former prosecutor and 2022 Arizona Attorney General candidate Abe Hamadeh is officially running for Lesko’s seat, and he would face a primary with Masters, should Masters move forward with running. Hamadeh lost the 2022 race for state Attorney General to Democrat Kris Mayes by a margin of 0.01 % and only 280 votes. The razor-thin margin sparked an automatic recount, which narrowed the margin further but still gave a victory to Mayes. However, many believe Hamadeh was the true winner of the election, and a victim of election fraud out of Maricopa County, Arizona.

Hamadeh announced his bid for Congress on October 17, the same day Lesko announced her retirement. Hamadeh is running with the endorsement of 2022 Arizona gubernatorial candidate and Trump ally Kari Lake. In his announcement on X, Hamade said he is “ready to help [President Trump] Make America Great Again.” On October 10th, Kari Lake announced that she is running for US Senate in Arizona, and immediately following her announcement, she was endorsed by President Trump.

Former venture capitalist Blake Masters positioned himself as an America First candidate in the 2022 midterms. With heavy financial backing from longtime mentor Peter Thiel and an endorsement from President Donald Trump, Masters defeated Mark Brnovich and Jim Lamon in the Republican primary for the Arizona Senate race.

Masters’ was heavily attacked when he ran for US Senate in 2022 for his praise of the writings of Ted Kaczynski, citing Sam Francis as an influence on his politics, and using language perceived as blaming gun violence on black people. Masters rejected accusations from the media of being a white nationalist following endorsements from right-wing activists like Nick Fuentes, Andrew Torba, and Andrew Anglin. However, while the media is known for falsely tagging all Republican candidates as “racists” and “white nationalists”, Master’s actual sin, and his biggest blunder during his 2022 campaign was his decision to campaign with former Vice President Mike Pence, and Master’s post-primary claims in which he said he hasn’t seen any evidence that the 2020 election was stolen. Additionally, following the election fraud in Arizona in 2022, Masters stayed silent throughout the litigation filed by Kari Lake and Abe Hamadeh, never once lifting a finger to offer assistance or a public word of support. But, then again why would he? After winning his primary in 2022, Masters made it very clear that he doesn’t believe in election fraud.

Masters’ bid for Arizona’s US Senate seat ended in a decisive victory for incumbent Democrat Mark Kelley by a 4.88% margin. Masters’ pivot away from MAGA rhetoric and toward more mainstream GOP talking points after his primary success is attributed to his disappointing performance in the general election. “Masters turned voters off when he said the 2020 election wasn’t stolen and campaigned with traitor Mike Pence,” said Laura Loomer on X. Vice President Mike Pence became unpopular with Republican voters after his role in certifying the 2020 election for Joe Biden on January 6, 2021.

Politico report from August 2023 suggests Masters plans to take another shot at an Arizona Senate seat. The seat in question is currently held by Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who won the seat in 2018 as a Democrat but became an Independent in 2022. However, now that Kari Lake has officially filed paperwork to run for Arizona’s US Senate seat in 2024, and has been endorsed by President Trump, it is unlikely that Masters would be able to beat Lake in a US Senate primary, which is why he is now downgrading his aspirations to a US Congressional seat. In the next few weeks, we could possibly see Masters make a run for Arizona’s 8th Congressional district. As the focus report reveals, a Masters Congressional run in a Presidential year with President Trump on the ballot could be down ballot drag to the entire America First brigade of candidates running in Arizona.

Surely Blake Masters knows he doesn’t have a chance of winning a primary against Trump endorsed candidates, which begs the question: Is Masters intentionally planning to run for office in Arizona as a means to sabotage America First Republican victories in Arizona?

Time will surely tell!

Laura Loomer