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  Support Lags for Jeff Flake in Primary
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Last EditedRP  Jul 12, 2012 07:37pm
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AuthorAbby Livingston
News DateFriday, July 13, 2012 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRep. Jeff Flake hasn’t made many friends during nearly a dozen years in Congress, possibly hampering his ability to shut down an unexpectedly tough primary opponent in his bid for Arizona’s Republican nomination for Senate.

Flake’s limited-government approach and stubborn resistance to earmarks have long put him at odds with K Street, leaving him with less financial support from Washington, D.C., lobbyists than would otherwise be expected of a sitting Member running for a winnable open Senate seat. But Flake appears equally detached from his colleagues in Arizona’s Republican Congressional delegation, none of whom have expressed public enthusiasm about his Senate bid that is now threatened by Wil Cardon, a wealthy GOP businessman dumping large sums of his personal fortune into the primary.

Cardon continues to pummel Flake relentlessly on television, with the Congressman’s opponents on both sides of the aisle dumping opposition research to fuel a barrage of negative news stories. In fact, Flake has been vastly outspent, forcing him to burn through more resources in the primary than originally planned. So far, his delegation colleagues have yet to race to the Congressman’s rescue.
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