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Brewer expected to announce 2010 run

Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to put an end to the questions about her candidacy this evening (Nov. 5) with an announcement that she will seek a full term as governor.

Brewer is scheduled to speak at Westmarc’s 17th annual Best of the West awards dinner. One source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Arizona Capitol Times the announcement would be made at the event, while others said the announcement would come today, but did not specify where it would be made.

Responding to a question about whether Brewer would run in 2010 during a Nov. 4 press conference, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen said, “We might know that tomorrow.”

A Brewer spokesman was unavailable for comment.

Brewer’s candidacy has been the biggest unanswered question of the 2010 election cycle. The governor has frequently said she is “leaning toward” running, but has declined to say definitively whether she would seek a full term or shy away from the election due to low polling numbers and opposition from conservatives to her proposed sales tax increase.

Several Republicans have expressed a willingness to challenge Brewer in the primary, including state Treasurer Dean Martin, former Arizona GOP Chairman John Munger and Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker.

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