On Tuesday, U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters conceded the race to incumbent Senator Mark Kelly in a phone call. The political newcomer’s campaign never did get completely off the ground against the well-funded Kelly, and a hotly contested primary and inconsistent support from state and national Republicans only made things worse.
Masters posted the following message on social media:
I called and congratulated Mark Kelly this morning. There were obviously a lot of problems with this election, but there is no path forward in my race. To the thousands of people who helped on my campaign, who made calls, knocked doors, wrote postcards, donated, and hosted events — thank you. To every patriot who voted — thank you. And I especially want to thank my incredible wife Catherine, my parents, and my boys. The campaign trail is not easy for families.
We cannot afford to have another election cycle like these midterms. Republicans are the underdogs now. I was outspent by over $70 million. That’s what happens when you take on the national Democrat machine, the media, the universities, Big Tech, and woke corporations. So Republicans need to start thinking like underdogs. No more consultant one-size-fits-all strategies. We have to build on what works, scrap what doesn’t.
The vast majority of people agree this country is headed in the wrong direction — we have to reach them. I believe in Arizona and I believe in America. We can still save our home. We just have to fight harder and smarter… because we’re running out of time.
On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz “slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for “abandoning” Masters, accusing him of putting personal politics over the needs of the party,” according to The Hill.
Cruz explained in a podcast that Masters’ decision to not support Mitch McConnell for another term as Senate majority leader cost him much needed financial support.
“Because Masters said he would vote against Mitch McConnell. And so Mitch would rather be leader than have a Republican majority. If there’s a Republican who can win who’s not going to support Mitch, the truth of the matter is he’d rather the Democrat win,” Cruz said.
“Between McConnell and the Arizona Republican Party anchor around his neck, Masters was considered a dark horse from the start,” said one Republican consultant, who asked to remain unnamed. “The only chance he had was the attention Kari Lake was generating in her governor’s race and that was absolutely the wrong kind of attention. It is too bad because the Republican Party needs young populist-type candidates like Masters and JD Vance in Ohio, who by the way won his race. He won because he didn’t adopt the whole election denial agenda pushed by former President Trump. That agenda crushed Lake and Blake.”