Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), whose views on earmarks and government spending have made him a hero of the Republican party's fiscal right, is throwing his hat into the ring to replace retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ).
Read More →
Flake announced his candidacy at a press conference Monday morning, less than a week after Kyl said he would be retiring after more than two decades in Washington.
Democrats have not yet said what they'll do to contest the open Senate seat, though some have said the recovering Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) could make a run if she fully recovers. With Flake, the Republicans now have an imposing candidate with national credentials, who's sure to please the anti-government crowd.