House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ariz.) is headed to Arizona to raise funds for two Republican House candidates in top-targeted races — Andy Tobin, challenging Rep. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickThe Trail 2016: Sanders who? McCain campaign blocks own ad from YouTube Poll: McCain locked in tough reelection fight MORE (D), and Martha McSally, challenging Rep. Ron BarberRon BarberTen House seats Dems hope Trump will tilt House conducts moment of silence for Tucson shooting anniversary Dem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel MORE (D).
While McSally is the clear Republican pick to take on Barber, with whom she’s seeking a rematch of their razor-thin 2012 contest, Tobin, a state representative, is facing two other Republicans in the GOP primary for Kirkpatrick’s seat.
But Tobin has led the GOP field in fundraising and has already been highlighted by the National Republican Congressional Committee as a top-performing candidate. Boehner’s support is the latest indication he’s pulling ahead of the pack.