by Jim Nintzel
Roll Call examines whether Sen. Jon Kyl will seek another term in 2012:
Republicans based in Washington, D.C., tend to believe that Kyl will run for re-election, particularly because he could become Majority Whip in 2013. But Republicans in Arizona, including Kyl supporters, are now less certain.
They initially believed that Kyl’s refusal to discuss his re-election plans so soon after the 2010 elections was related to his usual desire to take a break from politics and focus on legislating. In fact, Kyl has not been shy about expressing to reporters his disdain for such questions.
But Republican sources based in the Grand Canyon State now describe Kyl’s backers as “panicked” and being in a holding pattern as it relates to fundraising and everything else connected to a re-election bid. Kyl survived a strong challenge in 2006, a down year for the GOP, and is viewed as the overwhelming favorite to win re-election in 2012 should he run. Roll Call Politics rates his race Safe Republican.
“It has been widely discussed here that Kyl is not going to run,” a Republican consultant based in Arizona said.
National Journal surveys the field if Kyl does not run:
According to Rose, possible candidates include members of the state Congressional delegation including Reps. Jeff Flake (R) and Ben Quayle (R) as well as former Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.). Rose also mentioned candidates on the right including former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) and state Sen. Russell Pearce (R) as possibilities.