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Does ex-Navajo Nation president have a shot at ousting a Republican in the race for Congress?

Former Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is throwing his hat into the ring in the race for Congress. He announced this week that he’d challenge Republican Rep. Eli Crane in CD2, which encompasses much of northern Arizona. 

But the Democrat lost his last bid to remain president of the Navajo Nation, and the massive district last elected Crane in 2022, a hard-right Republican who recently was one of the eight representatives who voted to oust former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy. 

Arlyssa Becenti, indigenous affairs reporter for the Arizona Republic, joined The Show to talk more about it.

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