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Businessman in no rush to make decision on GOP Senate run

August 7, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — A conservative business owner says he’s starting a “listening tour” around Arizona as he considers whether to challenge U.S. Sen. Martha McSally in the Republican primary.

Daniel McCarthy of Glendale said Wednesday that he will take his time deciding and won’t be intimidated by Republicans discouraging him from challenging McSally.

His decision is being closely watched by Republicans in Arizona and in Washington, who worry a heated GOP primary could damage McSally in the 2020 general election.

McSally was appointed to John McCain’s Senate seat after losing to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in last year’s race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.

McCarthy founded a cosmetics firm and real-estate brokerage with his wife. He said in a phone call with supporters that he’s a more electable Republican than McSally.

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