Republlican Sen. Jeff Flake working Arizona as he faces tough 2018 race

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake has spent the first part of the August congressional recess crisscrossing Arizona, touring the U.S.-Mexico border, visiting a wildfire-scarred town and giving a speech to business leaders.

With low approval ratings and challenges from his own party, he will need to make the most of visits home if he’s to endure a tough re-election fight that will be among the hardest-fought struggles for any incumbent Republican senator next year.

Flake is in the crosshairs of many Republicans in Arizona, and he’s angered President Donald Trump by criticizing him. The White House is actively recruiting candidates to take on Flake next year, and Trump has pledged to spend money to defeat him.

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