Longtime McCain aide blasts ‘despicable’ GOP claim that Dems are trying to steal Arizona Senate race

Longtime McCain aide blasts ‘despicable’ GOP claim that Dems are trying to steal Arizona Senate race
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Mark Salter, a longtime aide to the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' MORE (R-Ariz.), criticized the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) on Twitter Saturday for trying to undermine Rep. Kyrsten Sinema's (D) lead in the Arizona Senate election.

"Stop doing this, NRSC," he wrote.

"McSally is losing fair and square, and she’s underperforming in more than Maricopa. The race is almost certainly lost and nothing will change that. All this does is poison our politics more. Despicable."

Salter was referring to attacks from a spokesman at the NRSC, Senate Republicans' campaign arm, aimed at vote-counting efforts in Arizona where Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyPentagon agrees to set up McSally's military sexual assault task force Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' MORE (R) trailed her opponent in the state's yet-to-be-called Senate race.

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The Arizona Senate race has remained in the national spotlight as one of two Senate seats yet to be decided following Tuesday's midterm elections, the other being a contest between Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonEx-House Intel chair: Intel panel is wrong forum to investigate Trump's finances The Hill's Morning Report - Trump budget reignites border security fight 2020 party politics in Puerto Rico MORE (D-Fla.).

Democrats hoped to retake the Senate and House in Tuesday's elections, and while the party saw dozens of seat gains in the House, a Senate majority remained firmly in the hands of Republicans.

The Hill has reached out to the NRSC for comment.