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Gould courts major conservative groups’ support

Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

State Sen. Ron Gould is busy building up support among the country’s conservative groups, just a few weeks after announcing he was exploring a run for Congress.

Gould flew to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to court the support of major organizations, including Concerned Women for America, the National Rifle Association and National Federation of Independent Business.

While in D.C., Gould signed again the no-new taxes pledge by the influential Americans for Tax Reform.

He spoke at that group’s meeting.

“I was really happy that I got the opportunity to speak at that Wednesday meeting because there were probably 150 people from various conservative groups from around the nation,” the Republican from Lake Havasu City said.

Gould, who faces term limits next year, has built a reputation as a solid conservative and a no-nonsense legislator.

He will be a formidable candidate in a proposed Republican-leaning district, which stretches from the northern part of Yuma along the Colorado River to the Nevada and Utah borders with Arizona. It also includes most of Yavapai County, as well as parts of Gila, Maricopa and Pinal Counties.

But he will also likely face tough opponents, such as Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who is considered a rising star in the Republican Party.

As currently envisioned, Republicans will have a nearly 20-percentage point voter registration edge in the new district.

The Independent Redistricting Commission has yet to finalize congressional and legislative district maps.

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