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Blake Masters seated next to Peter Thiel, who is also seated

Blake Masters Peter Thiel Tuesday, Jul 13 2021

Thiel Employee’s Senate Run in Arizona Guarantees “Protracted GOP Senate Fight”

Jul 13, 2021

As highlighted in a new report from PoliticoArizona’s already-messy GOP primary has officially been upgraded to a “protracted GOP Senate fight,” following the entry of Peter Thiel employee Blake Masters, whose candidacy will be heavily funded by his surveillance-tech billionaire boss.

Masters is “the second Thiel ally to launch a Senate campaign” following JD Vance’s announcement for the Ohio GOP Senate primary. To buy the election for his current and former employees, “Thiel […] is widely expected to spend millions.” And with a “big financial boost from his boss,” Masters’ entrance “expands Arizona’s Senate Race Field” — ensuring a long, ugly GOP primary. 

Politico: Thiel ally’s entrance kicks off protracted GOP Senate fight in Arizona

By: James Arkin | July 12, 2021

Key Points:

  • “The race […] has swelled with new Republican entrants in recent weeks — with the latest, Peter Thiel associate Blake Masters, officially launching his campaign Monday.”
  • “Arizona’s Republican Party has been riven by deep divisions for more than a decade, and Democrats have capitalized on that by winning key statewide races with less than 50 percent of the vote in the past two elections.”
  • “Masters is the second close Thiel ally to launch a Senate bid recently, alongside J.D. Vance, who is running in Ohio and also has the backing of a super PAC funded by Thiel.”
  • “The race has been slower to develop than some of the GOP primaries in open Republican seats, and some Republicans were worried early on about a lack of serious contenders.”

Read the full report here.

Published: Jul 13, 2021

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