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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 McSallyCindy McCain on possible GOP censure: 'I think I'm going to make T-shirts' Arizona state GOP moves to censure Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed 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 TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE's favorability has waned in the state that he won over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to Parkland school shooting as 'false flag' event on Facebook Senators vet Mayorkas to take lead at DHS CNN poll: Melania Trump leaving office as least popular first lady ever 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 ErnstGOP senator questions constitutionality of an impeachment trial after Trump leaves office McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Military survivors of child sex abuse deserve more MORE (R-Iowa), Cory GardnerCory GardnerOvernight Defense: Joint Chiefs denounce Capitol attack | Contractors halt donations after siege | 'QAnon Shaman' at Capitol is Navy vet Lobbying world Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (R-Colo.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisDemocrats see Georgia as model for success across South McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Seven Senate races to watch in 2022 MORE (R-N.C.) — other senators facing difficult reelections this year. 

Other Chamber Senate endorsements this cycle include incumbent GOP Sens. John CornynJohn CornynMcConnell keeps GOP guessing on Trump impeachment Schumer: Trump should not be eligible to run for office again Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE (Texas), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), Ben SasseBen SassePompeo labels China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide' GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE (Neb.), James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeJustice Dept. closes insider trading case against Burr without charges Biden pick for Pentagon cruises through confirmation hearing McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE (Okla.) and Mike RoundsMike RoundsThe GOP is in a fix: Gordian knot or existential crisis? McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time GOP senators blame Trump after mob overruns Capitol MORE (S.D.). 

Additionally, the organization endorsed former Rep. Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results LIVE COVERAGE: Congress certifies Biden win after Pennsylvania, Arizona challenges fail Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (R-Wyo.), who is running for retiring Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziSenate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes With Senate at stake, Georgia is on all our minds Wyoming mask mandate backed by GOP lawmakers goes into effect MORE’s (R-Wyo.) seat, and former Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty, who is running for retiring Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderCongress addressed surprise medical bills, but the issue is not resolved Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes 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.