- Associated Press - Monday, October 9, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is headed to Arizona to headline a fundraiser for fellow Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.

Monday’s luncheon event at a Scottsdale resort comes as Flake works to raise enough cash to fend off a primary challenge from former state Sen. Kelli Ward and other Republicans mull a challenge as well. If Flake makes it though the primary he’s likely to face a strong 2018 general election challenge from Democratic U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

Flake raised $1.1 million in the quarter that ended Sept. 30 and has $3.4 million on hand.

Arizona’s junior senator angered President Donald Trump by criticizing him in a book Flake released this summer. Trump is working to recruit another GOP challenger because Ward is considered vulnerable to Sinema in a general election matchup.

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