Arizona GOP Sen. Flake to retire, had tangled with Trump

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Jeff Flake announces decision to not run for Senate re-election

On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Flake, often an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, announced he would not seek re-election for the Senate in 2018.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman says GOP Sen. Jeff Flake will not run for re-election in 2018.

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Flake, who has criticized the path that the Republican Party has taken under President Donald Trump, also told The Arizona Republic in advance of a Tuesday announcement, that "there may not be a place for a Republican like me" in the current GOP.

Flake's poll numbers had fallen after tangling with Trump. He had a tea party primary challenger in Kelli Ward, whom Trump has praised.

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