"There may not be a place for a Republican like me"
Condemning the nastiness of Republican politics in the era of President Donald Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday announced he will serve out the remainder of his term but will not seek re-election in 2018.
The bombshell, which Flake, R-Ariz., intended to detail Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor, will further roil Republican hopes of keeping the party's 52-seat Senate majority in the midterm elections of Trump's first term, when the president's party historically loses seats in Congress.
It also likely will upend the race for Flake's seat.
Flake, one of the Senate's more prominent critics of President Donald Trump, has been struggling in the polls.
He told The Arizona Republic ahead of his announcement that he has become convinced "there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party."
Here's the main reason why-
Newsmax Headline 8/28/17
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is facing an uphill battle in his reelection bid, according to a new survey.
The results of the JMC Analytics poll:
-Former Arizona state senator Kelli Ward has 47 percent support, Jeff Flake has 21 percent support.
-Pharmacist Nicholas Tutora has 3 percent support.
-67 percent hold an unfavorable view of Flake, compared to 22 percent who have a favorable view of him.
-66 percent said they would recommend someone else other than Flake to be the Republican nominee in the 2018 Senate race.