The political world can be a tricky one to navigate at times. No one knows that better than Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, and he could yet learn the hardest lesson of his political career.
According to Townhall, Flake is facing the lowest ratings he has ever seen in his career. His overall approval rating is down to a paltry 18 percent, and now, he has an opponent that he needs to worry about in former state Sen. Kelli Ward. This could be the last straw, and the end of Flake’s political career.
Some people believe that the Sen. Flake’s dwindling numbers may be attributed to his constant attacks against President Trump. The Hill reports that Flake was attacking Trump long before he was ever elected.
Flake’s attacks started innocently enough. He stated in June that he did not see himself voting for Trump. Then, it started to escalate — he released a tweet that read, “America deserves far better than @realDonaldTrump.”
After President Trump was elected, Flake was one of the many people who loudly opposed the first travel ban. Flake expressed his frustration with the decision quite openly.
Most recently, Sen. Flake attacked President Trump, and stated that he needs to apologize for saying that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower prior to the election. There was some questionable behavior that caused alarm, and Trump would have been foolish for not taking it seriously.
President Trump struck back in a tweet that said “Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime, and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!” Though his debate with Trump is not fully to blame, Flake has been slipping in ratings since 2012.
Many think that Flake won’t make it to the general election due to his challenger, Kelli Ward. She is one strong Republican who has managed to make Flake a political non-factor. If her support continues to burgeon, Flake won’t stand a chance.
Currently, Ward has Flake by 14 points, and it’s over a year until the elections. As time goes on, many more will know who they’re voting for, and Flake seems poised to remain at the bottom of that list.
Sen. Flake’s ratings were low even before he earned Trump’s disfavor. Will Trump’s opinion have an impact on midterm elections?
Besides losing to Ward by 14 points, Flake is also losing to prospective Democratic opponent, Kyrsten Sinema (D, AZ) by eight points. There is no winning for Flake, it would seem.
There is no doubt that Flake’s career has been going downhill, but could it be over? If things keep going at this rate, this could be the last leg of Flake’s career.
You could argue that his back-and-forth altercation with President Trump brought about Flake’s fall from grace in the political world. However, if you look at the numbers, this is nothing new. Only time will tell the fate of Arizona Senator Flake.