Thiel ally's entrance kicks off protracted GOP Senate fight in Arizona

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The Republicans running to turn back Democratic gains in Arizona and flip a critical Senate seat next year will have to fight through a protracted, expensive primary first.

The race to face Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly has swelled with new Republican entrants in recent weeks — with the latest, Peter Thiel associate Blake Masters, officially launching his campaign Monday.

Masters, a 34-year-old executive for the billionaire tech investor’s firm, is backed by a $10 million super PAC investment from Thiel, and he is one of three first-time candidates in a Republican primary that also includes state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who has twice been elected statewide,

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