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 McCainOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO Mark Kelly considering Senate bid as Arizona Dems circle McSally 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 McSallyMark Kelly considering Senate bid as Arizona Dems circle McSally Schumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions 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 NelsonFlorida lawmaker diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Rick Scott threw party at Florida governor’s mansion after DeSantis and family had moved in: report Restoration of voting rights by felons marks shift in Florida 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.