JD Vance backs Blake Masters in Arizona congressional race

EXCLUSIVE — First-term Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) endorsed Blake Masters’s campaign for a seat in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District on Friday.
The move comes a day after the venture capitalist announced he’s running for Congress in a district located in Phoenix, ultimately deciding against another run for a U.S. Senate seat occupied by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ).
Masters will now compete for the seat, which is now open after Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) announced her decision to retire last week. The primary race is already heating up as Masters will compete against Abe Hamadeh, last year’s attorney general nominee, Anthony Kern, a member of the state Senate, and potentially Ben Toma, speaker of the Arizona House, who has expressed interest.
The 37-year-old had contemplated running for the seat held by Sinema before Kari Lake announced her bid for the seat. Masters, who ran for Senate, and Lake, who ran for governor, both won their primaries last cycle with former President Donald Trump’s endorsement but lost in the general election.
“Blake is the conserva …