Senate race heats up in Arizona
Rep. Jeff Flake walks through the U.S. Capitol.
September 26th, 2011
06:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Senate race heats up in Arizona

Washington (CNN) - Soon after Don Bivens launched his Arizona Senate bid Monday, the former Arizona Democratic Party Chairman took his first hit from GOP opponent Rep. Jeff Flake.

"If the Democrats indeed put forth a liberal lawyer and former Party Chairman, the voters will have a clear choice come November," Flake said in a statement.

Bivens is the first Democrat to announce a run for the Senate seat, soon to be vacated by retiring GOP Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, who's now in his third term. With Kyl leaving, the open Senate race is expected to be a closely-watched contest in 2012.

Bivens announced his run Monday with a video on his campaign website.

"We can't keep sending the same folks back to Washington and expect a different result," Bivens said.

- CNN's Martina Stewart contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jeff Flake • Jon Kyl • Senate
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Nodack

    Definitely not voting for Flake.

    September 27, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  2. martin

    Jeff Flake- with a name like that, he was destined to become a Republican.

    September 27, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |