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GOP Senator, 2018 Dem Challenger Share a Rare, Non-Partisan Moment

A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate has been attacked for her faith. The man she’s hoping to unseat, Jeff Flake, offered her encouragement on Tuesday.

Jeff Flake

It’s hard to find a bipartisan, or non-partisan, moment in American politics today.

The people of Arizona saw one, though, on Tuesday night, as a GOP senator who faces a tough re-election fight in 2018 offered words of encouragement to one of his challengers.

Deedra Abboud is a candidate challenging Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for his seat in 2018. Abboud, a Muslim, has been the target of harassment online and on social media over her faith, according to reporting from The Arizona Republic.

On Tuesday, Flake tweeted a link to that article and told Abboud to “[h]ang in there”:

Abboud thanked Flake, saying Arizona’s people “deserve more of this”:

The non-partisan exchange even caught the attention of Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), a frequent critic of Trump and Senate Republicans:

Flake and Abboud are certainly setting a positive tone ahead of what will be a competitive fight for one of Arizona’s U.S. Senate seats.