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Ducey: I’m still not running for Senate

By: - January 20, 2022 2:06 pm

Gov. Doug Ducey speaking with the media at the 2022 Southern Arizona State of the State Address at the El Conquistador Tucson on Jan. 14, 2022. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Again, national media are floating Gov. Doug Ducey as a possible U.S. Senate candidate, and again, he’s shooting the rumors down. 

Ducey on Thursday rebutted a recent Politico article that claimed he might join the Republican primary field for this year’s Senate race. The governor, who is term-limited and leaving office after this year, has repeatedly stated that he won’t run for the Senate this year. 

“The answer hasn’t changed,” Ducey said on Thursday. 


This isn’t the first time Ducey’s name has come up as a potential GOP candidate against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly. He has in the past definitively stated that he won’t run

The Politico article was based entirely on anonymous “state political insiders” who think the governor is planning a last-minute entry into the race, based largely on his pointed criticism of President Joe Biden and the federal government in his Jan. 10 State of the State speech. 

“To many Arizona Republicans, he didn’t sound like a man who believes his political career is winding down this year,” Politico wrote.

Ducey has long been a target of national Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but he has repeatedly refused entreaties to run for the Senate.

Were Ducey to run, he would bring high name ID and tremendous fundraising prowess to the race. But he would come with liabilities as well. Most notably, former President Donald Trump, an erstwhile ally, has repeatedly castigated him for certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona, in which Trump lost to President Joe Biden. Ducey has publicly rejected the false and baseless claims that the election in Arizona was rigged against Trump. 

Following the Politico story, Trump lashed out at Ducey.

“Rumors are that Doug Ducey, the weak RINO Governor from Arizona, is being pushed by Old Crow Mitch McConnell to run for the U.S. Senate,” the former president said in a statement. “He will never have my endorsement or the support of MAGA Nation!”

Attorney General Mark Brnovich, energy company founder Jim Lamon, former tech company executive Blake Masters, former Arizona National Guard head Mick McGuire and Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson are vying for the GOP nomination in the Senate race.


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Jeremy Duda
Jeremy Duda

Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Jeremy Duda previously served as the Mirror's associate Editor. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”