Blake Masters Revives Political Career, Runs for Congress

Blake Masters Revives Political Career, Runs for Congress

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Jim McCool
Jim McCool
October 30, 2023

Former Senate candidate Blake Masters (R) is back on the campaign trail and is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona.

Masters lost to now US Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ).  But with the vacating of a safely conservative seat on the horizon, Masters' political career may have been revived.  U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko, who represents Arizona’s deeply red 8th Congressional District, announced last week that she will not run for reelection next year.  The Congresswoman cited a desire to spend time with his family.

The field has only flooded in since the announcement came in, but Masters has the benefit of being the most memorable.  Democrats have called Masters a "dangerous" candidate with the deeply conservative platform he ran on in his previous Senate bid.

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"We can’t have more go-along-to-get-along members of Congress, more people who have spent their lives in government," Masters said in a statement on a campaign website. "We need people from outside the bureaucracy who will stand up to the establishment."

The news follows former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's (R) announcement she will be running for the United States Senate in 2024.  Lake will presumably challenge incumbent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I), who switched from Democrat to Independent after the midterms.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

is based in Tallahassee and is currently a Senior at Florida State University, studying Political Science and Religion. With a deep interest in politics, Jim has been initiated into the Benjamin Franklin Society of Scholars, and has competed nationally in undergraduate Mock Trial, as well as started the Moot Court team at his former high school. When not writing or studying, Jim is usually hitting the gym, watching reruns of Frasier, or keeping tabs on the New England Patriots.

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