Some Surprised By Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake's Announcement

Published: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 9:45am
Updated: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 2:26pm

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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday that he’d had enough, and will not seek re-election next year.

The news caught many people off guard, but it wasn’t a complete shock to some, including Nathan Gonzales. He’s the editor and publisher of Inside Elections.

A few weeks ago, Gonzalez said he’d been hearing rumblings that Flake may not run for a second term.

Closer to home, Republicans who’ve known Flake for years were also taken aback by the senator’s decision, including Stan Barnes of Copperstate Consulting. Barnes challenged Flake for a U.S. House seat in 2004.

Chad Willems of Summit Consulting Group in Phoenix, who worked with Flake, was disappointed by the news.

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