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Trump Backs Venture Capitalist Masters in Arizona Senate Primary

  • Ex-president’s endorsement could sway outcome in GOP contest
  • Fall race against Democrat Kelly could decide Senate control
Former U.S. President Donald Trump

Former U.S. President Donald Trump

Photographer: Eli Hiller/Bloomberg

Donald Trump endorsed venture capitalist Blake Masters in the crowded Aug. 2 GOP primary for the US Senate in Arizona, a nod that could offer a significant edge in a close contest that will determine who faces vulnerable Democratic Senator Mark Kelly.

Trump said he endorsed Masters, who is also backed by technology billionaire Peter Thiel, over Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Trump says that Brnovich didn’t do enough to overturn the 2020 presidential election in his favor. The former president also cited Masters’s background and said he’s “a great modern-day thinker.”