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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) is jumping into the race against Sen. Mark KellyMark KellyArizona Democrats launch voter outreach effort ahead of key Senate race McGuire unveils Arizona Senate campaign Pavlich: Democrat senators must oppose Chipman's ATF nomination MORE (D-Ariz.). 

Brnovich, who’s serving out his second term as Arizona’s top law enforcement official, announced his decision on Thursday, vowing to restore what he described as eroding trust in government.


“Trust is the cornerstone of our republic. But Arizonans have lost it – and for good reason,” Brnovich said in a statement. “We entrust our elected leaders to protect our freedom and they’ve failed us.” 

“Today, Arizonans lack confidence in the state of the world, the safety of their communities, their vote, their personal freedoms, and definitely in our representatives in Washington. What we have is a real vacuum of leadership.” 

Brnovich’s announcement adds a high-profile name to the fast-growing list of Republicans vying to challenge Kelly in 2022. 

Retired Maj. Gen. Mick McGuire, who led the Arizona National Guard through the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, launched his Senate campaign on Tuesday, becoming the second major contender for the GOP nomination after solar energy entrepreneur Jim Lamon.

But Brnovich enters the race with the benefit of already having won statewide office twice, most recently in 2018 when he defeated Democrat January Contreras by a 4-point margin. 

More recently, however, Brnovich has become the target of former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer House Republican to challenge DeWine for Ohio gubernatorial nomination GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot Overnight Defense: Austin directs classified initiatives to counter China | Biden emphasizes alliances in speech to troops | Lockdown lifted at Texas base after reported shooting MORE’s ire for his tepid support of the Arizona state Senate’s ongoing audit of 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County. 

With his 2020 loss, Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to face defeat to a Democrat in Arizona since former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas) in 1996.

More than seven months after his electoral loss to President BidenJoe BidenWhite House announces major boost to global vaccine supply U.S. in talks to buy Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to send abroad: report Pentagon to consider authorizing airstrikes in Afghanistan if country falls into crisis: report MORE, Trump has continued to insist without evidence that the 2020 election was stolen from him and has touted the audit in Maricopa County as a valiant effort to uncover inaccuracies in the vote count. 

“As massive crime in the 2020 Election is becoming more and more evident and obvious, Brnovich is nowhere to be found,” Trump said in a recent statement. “He is always on television promoting himself, but never mentions the Crime of the Century, that took place during the 2020 Presidential Election, which was Rigged and Stolen.”

But Brnovich spoke with Trump over the weekend, according to sources close to the attorney general, who said that the two had a positive conversation in which they discussed the Arizona Senate race. 

Still, Trump’s previous attacks on Brnovich could prove to be a liability in a Republican primary, given the former president’s heavy influence over GOP voters in Arizona and across the country. There’s also a possibility that Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), one of the biggest boosters in Congress of Trump’s rigged election claims, will jump into the Senate race. 

The eventual winner of the primary will take on Kelly in the 2022 general election. Kelly was elected last year to serve out the remainder of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainArizona Democrats launch voter outreach effort ahead of key Senate race Arizona synagogue vandalized with swastika, antisemitic slur Some Democrats wonder when Schumer will get tough with Manchin MORE’s (R-Ariz.) term in office, handing Democrats control of both of Arizona’s Senate seats for the first time in nearly 70 years. 

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Witness tells of horror as truck rams into Arizona bike race

By Brian Witte and Walter Berry | Associated Press

PHOENIX — Bicyclist Tony Quinones had only just shaken hands with a fellow cyclist and wished him good luck in this weekend’s community race in an Arizona mountain town when a truck sped into a crowd of bike riders about six minutes into the race.

Suddenly, Quinones said in an interview Sunday, he was “watching bodies going on top of the hood, bodies going to the left, bodies going to the right.”

The sounds of breaking and smashing as the truck plowed through the cyclists on Saturday was quickly replaced by their groans of pain — including those of the cyclist Quinones had just met.

Authorities in the small city of Show Low said the unidentified 35-year-old male suspect fled the crash scene in the pickup and was shot by officers a short time later. Six riders were hospitalized in critical condition and the suspect was in critical but stable condition.

Quinones, 55, said the man he had met was a fellow New Mexican and that blood was flowing from his head and his nose.

“He’s got a compound fracture, and I’m just saying, ‘Hey man keep breathing, keep breathing. Help’s on its way. Hey man, you’re going to be OK.’” Quinones said. “I mean, that’s just insane. It’s not just one. There’s like six, seven, eight other guys like who are all around doing the same thing.”

Authorities were trying to determine why the man driving the truck rammed into the group of cyclists participating in the annual 58-mile (93-kilometer) Bike the Bluff race that drew hundreds of participants. He was shot by police nearby outside a hardware store in Show Low, which is about a three-hour drive northeast of Phoenix.

“We don’t know the motivation,” said Show Low city spokeswoman Grace Payne.

Quinones said some cyclists wondered at first whether the driver of the truck had fallen asleep at the wheel. But Quinones said he saw the man accelerate toward the cyclists.

“He went right at us,” he said.

Of the six cyclists hospitalized, four were in critical condition and the two others were in critical but stable condition as of Saturday. One was flown for treatment to a hospital near Phoenix.

Witnesses said helmets, shoes and crumpled and broken bicycles were strewn across the street after the crash, and a tire was wedged into the grill of the truck that rammed the cyclists at about 7:25 a.m. in downtown Show Low. The truck had damage to its top and sides and a bullet hole in a window.

“This has been a horrible event,” police spokeswoman Kristine Sleighter said in a statement. “Our community is shocked at this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time.”

After the truck’s driver hit a telephone pole, cyclists ran up to the truck and started pounding on the windows, screaming at the driver to get out. Instead of stopping, Quinones said the driver hit the accelerator and backed out, drove down the road, made a U-turn and then headed back toward the cyclists but did not hit them again and drove away.

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Payne said the driver did not comply when officers tried to arrest him, but the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately made public.

Witte reported from Annapolis, Md.

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