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Chamber of Commerce endorses McSally for reelection

Chamber of Commerce endorses McSally for reelection
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday announced its support for Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Republicans increasingly seek distance from Trump Democratic super PAC pulls remaining ads from Colorado Senate race MORE (R-Ariz.) for reelection, one of the most vulnerable Republican Senate incumbents this cycle.

A recent poll released Wednesday showed that McSally's challenger, Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly, is leading by 10 points in the race for the Sun Belt state's Senate seat. 

In its endorsement of McSally, the Chamber underscored the importance of leadership that understands the importance of free enterprise. 

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“In difficult times, we are reminded of the importance of having leaders that understand the genius of the American system of government and free enterprise and who are willing to tackle the hard problems that confront our nation,” Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue said in a statement on Friday. 

McSally faces a tough reelection this year as President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE's favorability has waned in the state that he won over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' Undecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE in 2016 by a margin of almost 4 points. 

The Cook Political Report shifted the presidential race in Arizona toward Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday. The shift follows another poll released this week that showed Biden opening up a 5-point lead over Trump in the state.

Donohue noted in the endorsement that McSally has a record for promoting job-creating policies.

“As our country faces many challenges and is collectively working to not just reopen our economy, but return to growth and expanded opportunities for all Americans, we need leaders like Senator Martha McSally. She has a proven track record of leading responsibly and standing up for good policies. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Martha and looks forward to partnering with her in the future,” he said.

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The Chamber has also endorsed Sens. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Supreme Court battle turns into 2020 proxy war Trump hits road in scramble to shore up support from 2016 MORE (R-Iowa), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Democratic super PAC pulls remaining ads from Colorado Senate race Exclusive: Poll shows Affordable Care Act challenge a liability for McConnell at home MORE (R-Colo.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Democrats see cash floodgates open ahead of Election Day Supreme Court battle turns into 2020 proxy war MORE (R-N.C.) — other senators facing difficult reelections this year. 

Other Chamber Senate endorsements this cycle include incumbent GOP Sens. John CornynJohn CornynCornyn: Relationships with Trump like 'women who get married and think they're going to change their spouse' Changing suburbs threaten GOP hold on Texas Republicans increasingly seek distance from Trump MORE (Texas), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseCornyn: Relationships with Trump like 'women who get married and think they're going to change their spouse' RNC chairwoman: Republicans should realize distancing themselves from Trump 'is hurting themselves in the long run' The Memo: Trump's second-term chances fade MORE (Neb.), James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeHouse Democrat optimistic defense bill will block Trump's Germany withdrawal EPA gives Oklahoma authority over many tribal environmental issues GOP lawmakers gloomy, back on defense after debate fiasco MORE (Okla.) and Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Team Trump on defense over president's comments on white supremacy Trump says Proud Boys should 'stand down' after backlash to debate comments Tim Scott: Trump 'misspoke' with white supremacy remark, should correct Proud Boys comment MORE (S.D.). 

Additionally, the organization endorsed former Rep. Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisChamber of Commerce endorses McSally for reelection Cynthia Lummis wins GOP Senate primary in Wyoming Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection MORE (R-Wyo.), who is running for retiring Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziBottom line Chamber of Commerce endorses McSally for reelection Cynthia Lummis wins GOP Senate primary in Wyoming MORE’s (R-Wyo.) seat, and former Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty, who is running for retiring Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderBaldwin calls for Senate hearing on CDC response to meatpacking plant coronavirus outbreak The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Big week: Barrett hearings, Trump returns to blitz campaign trail Trump claims he is 'immune' from coronavirus, defends federal response MORE’s (R-Tenn.) seat.

Earlier this month, The Hill reported that the Chamber was also endorsing 23 House freshman Democrats and 29 freshman Republicans this cycle.