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Martha McSally launches Senate campaign in heated GOP race

Martha McSally launches Senate campaign in heated GOP race

Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally joined the already crowded Arizona Senate GOP primary Friday morning by releasing a video already making the rounds on Twitter.

McSally promises to back President Trump on judicial appointments and reversing Obama executive orders.

Arpaio, who entered the race on Tuesday, was pardoned by Trump a year ago after being convicted of criminal contempt of court for refusing to obey a court order in a racial profiling case focusing on Hispanics targeted as potential illegal immigrants.

"Like our president, I'm exhausted of PC politicians and their BS excuses", she says straight into the camera.

McSally, a retired Air Force colonel, will fly herself across the state announcing her candidacy in Prescott, Phoenix, and Tucson.

Nowicki is The Republic's national political reporter.

"Currently, Democrats are duking it out in a five-way primary for this Republican-leaning seat". Kelli Ward and notorious former Maricopa County, Ariz. She was re-elected in 2016.

The victor of the Republican primary will likely face U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic front-runner. "Now, I'm deployed to D.C.to fight for Arizona". On the other, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other GOP officials who have Trump's ear have indicated they believe McSally is the best candidate for the general election. John McCain, R-Ariz., both launched campaigns from the county's historic courthouse steps. It's even possible she is determined to out-crazy Arpaio and Ward, which would be quite the trick.




"My friend, Martha McSally, she's the real deal". In 2014, she became the first ever woman congressional representative from the western state, beating her opponent by a margin of just 167 votes after a recount was ordered. Trump has not endorsed a candidate in the race.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee may have tipped its hand Friday on which candidate it favors, name-dropping Kirkpatrick in a tweet reacting to McSally's announcement.

The Arizona Democratic Party highlighted what spokesman Drew Anderson called a "long, brutal and expensive" Republican civil war.

"Martha McSally is Jeff Flake 2.0 and part of the Washington establishment that has failed Arizona for years", said Ward campaign chair Ed Rollins.

Along with Arpaio, Ward and McSally in the race are Craig Brittain and Nicholas Tutura.

"It kind of eases her path to the nomination", said Jennifer Duffy, who analyzes Senate races for the Cook Political Report in Washington.

In her defense, she has leaned to the right of late, sponsoring an immigration plan backed by House conservatives that would reduce legal immigration, defund "sanctuary cities", and curb chain migration.

"I'm a fighter pilot and I talk like one", she says. "But how do you get that narrative out there in the cacophony that Joe creates when he talks?"


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