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 McCainEsper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander Democratic super PAC targets McSally over coronavirus response GOP senator suspending campaign fundraising, donating paycheck amid coronavirus pandemic 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 McSallyCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Democratic super PAC targets McSally over coronavirus response 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 NelsonLobbying world The most expensive congressional races of the last decade Lobbying world 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.