Flake bailout sets off GOP free-for-all to keep seat

The 'Square Off' panel discusses Sen. Jeff Flake's longstanding problems with the Republican base in Arizona, and whether President Trump will play a role in the GOP primary now that his leading antagonist is leaving politics.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s stunning retirement announcement has set off a free-for-all among Republicans to succeed him.

On this weekend’s “Sunday Square Off,” our Left/Right panel of Chad Campbell, former House minority leader, and political consultant Barrett Marson discuss:

-Why Flake is leaving his Senate seat
-The top GOP candidates looking at the Republican primary
-Whether Flake’s bailout is a good thing or bad thing for Kelli Ward, his Steve Bannon-backed opponent in the Republican primary, and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, the favorite to win the Democratic primary.

Also on “Square Off,” a 16-month independent investigation revealed GOP Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office broke the law in its botched mailing of election information pamphlets to voters for the May 2016 Prop 123 vote.

Reporter Ben Giles, of the Arizona Capitol Times, discusses how Reagan’s office kept her in the dark for almost three weeks and whether any staffers were fired.

“Sunday Square Off” airs at 8 a.m. Sundays on 12 News, after NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Why Jeff Flake is leaving the Senate

The ‘Square Off’ panel discusses Sen. Jeff Flake’s longstanding problems with the Republican base in Arizona, and whether President Trump will play a role in the GOP primary now that his leading antagonist is leaving politics.

What Flake’s dropout means for Ward, Sinema

The ‘Square Off’ panel answers whether Jeff Flake’s retirement is a good thing or bad thing for Kelli Ward and Kyrsten Sinema. Also, we rate the top candidates to get into the GOP primary now that Flake’s out.

Why was Michele Reagan never told staffers were breaking law?

Reporter Ben Giles, of the Arizona Capitol Times, discusses how GOP Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office kept her in the dark for almost three weeks while they broke the law and whether any staffers were fired.
 

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