/ Modified mar 3, 2022 12:06 p.m.

No Senate run for Gov. Ducey, blow to GOP recruiting

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has notified Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell that he won't enter the state’s high-profile Senate contest.

360 ducey jan 2021 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey sits for an interview with Arizona 360 in his office at the Arizona Capitol on Jan. 13, 2021.
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has notified Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell that he won't enter the state’s high-profile Senate contest.

That's a disappointing development for establishment Republicans who saw Ducey as their best hope to defeat Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly this fall.

Ducey’s decision was confirmed by a person with direct knowledge of the conversation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private talk.

Ducey also notified donors of his decision in a letter, as first reported by The Arizona Republic.

Ducey’s decision marks another significant recruiting failure for McConnell and his allies, who also could not persuade Republican governors to enter Senate contests in New Hampshire and Maryland.

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