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Senate primary splits Arizona conservatives between Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was asking dozens of tea party activists for their backing in Arizona’s Republican Senate primary when one audience member said it was a shame disgruntled cheap moncler conservatives couldn’t send “both of you” to Washington.

The man wasn’t just talking moncler mens jackets about Arpaio, but the other Arizona conservative icon who was there that night promoting buy moncler jackets her rival Senate campaign, former state Sen. Kelli Ward. The room burst into applause at the remark, which sums up the dilemma facing Arizona’s boisterous conservatives their hearts are split between two candidates in the primary. That divide could pave the way for the more moderate candidate, cheap moncler sale Rep. Martha McSally.

cheap moncler jackets Up for grabs is the seat held by Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring after being moncler sale pummeled by his initial primary challenger, Ward. She has accused Flake of being too soft on immigration and not supportive enough of President Donald Trump. cheap moncler jackets

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cheap moncler outlet “Whoever convinced Joe to run didn’t do the movement any favors,” said Constantine Querard, an Arizona conservative strategist who has long been friendly toward Arpaio but backs Ward, “because the movement has a tremendous affection for Joe, but he splits the movement.” cheap moncler outlet

Chuck Coughlin, a more centrist Arizona Republican strategist, is more blunt about Arpaio: “He’s not in it to win it, he’s just in it to keep Kelli Ward from winning.”

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“The majority of Arizona Republican primary voters and independents don’t want Jeff Flake 2.0,” Ward said.

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moncler outlet sale Dave Marcus, a 64 year old retired salesman who moved to the “active senior community” four years ago and describes himself as a “California escapee,” said he didn’t like what he’d heard about McSally. “Dr. Ward seems to be saying the right things more than Martha McSally,” Marcus said. moncler outlet sale

moncler outlet online And Arpaio? “He’s got a past I don’t object to, but he’s a little bit older. I’m not sure he’s got the energy,”Marcus said. moncler outlet online

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moncler factory outlet “I love him, he’s a great guy, I just don’t think he’s up to the task,” Joe Romack, an engineer, said of Arpaio. moncler factory outlet

cheap moncler Arpaio and Ward both spoke from under a banner that read Taxed Enough Already the tea party motto. They touted their ties to the Trump administration. Arpaio recounted public praise from Vice President moncler outlet online Mike Pence during a recent Phoenix visit. Ward dropped the name of Sebastian Gorka, who was fired from the White House but is still a moncler outlet prominent Trump supporter and has endorsed her campaign. cheap moncler

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