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Republican Jeff Flake says he won’t challenge Trump in 2020

January 29, 2019
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2018 file photo Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. participates in a forum in Washington. Flake says he hopes a Republican will challenge President Donald Trump’s re-election bid, but it won’t be him. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says he hopes a Republican will challenge President Donald Trump’s re-election bid, but it won’t be him.

Flake, who did not seek re-election in 2018, frequently tangled with Trump and often said he hoped a Republican would challenge Trump in 2020. Flake told “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday “that somebody won’t be me. I will not be a candidate.”

Flake retired this month and is now a CBS News contributor. He says that it’s “a difficult path” for any Republican to challenge Trump in a primary but that he still hopes someone will do so.

Flake was a U.S. senator from Arizona from 2013 to 2019. Previously, he represented Arizona’s 6th Congressional District in the House.

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