Ms. Giffords‘ uncertain status is also having an impact on the Senate race. Several Republicans, led by Rep. Jeff Flake, have filed to run for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, but so far only one Democrat, former state party chair Don Bivens, has formed an exploratory committee.
If Ms. Giffords were to enter the race — one many thought she might consider before the January shooting — she would become the instant front-runner and the party’s best chance to capture the Senate seat in a state dominated by Republicans. Other Democrats are said to be waiting for her to make a decision before going forward with their own bids.
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