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Steve Bannon in attendance for Kelli Ward Senate fundraiser

Posted: 6:46 AM, Oct 17, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-18 16:00:31Z

Talk-show host Laura Ingraham headlined the Tuesday fundraiser for U.S Senate candidate Kelli Ward, and former White House strategist Steve Bannon also spoke at the Scottsdale event.

"If you gave me the choice of being governed by the first hundred people that showed up tonight for this rally or the top hundred partners at Goldman Sachs, I would take the first hundred people here," Steve Bannon said.

Ward's trying to knock off Republican Sen. Jeff Flake in next year's GOP primary.

"If we want a different outcome from Washington, DC, we've got to send different people there," Kelli Ward said.

Two former campaign staffers for U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward also slammed her on the eve of her campaign kickoff fundraiser.

 Former chief strategist Dustin Stockton and press secretary Jennifer Lawrence issued an apology Tuesday for "helping legitimize" Ward's candidacy.

They worked for the campaign from May through September. They said Ward was considered an unelectable fringe candidate before they took over.