Ariz. GOP Senate hopeful touts her backing of Trump, border security

Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward (R) unveiled her latest digital ad on Monday where she vows to work with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Brazil surpasses Russia with second-highest coronavirus case count in the world Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' MORE to “put Arizona and America first.”

Ward, a former state senator, is running in Arizona’s competitive Republican primary on Aug. 28 in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane Flake'Never Trump' Republicans: Fringe, or force to be reckoned with? The Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake says he will not vote for Trump MORE (R). She has positioned herself as a fervent Trump supporter and immigration hard-liner.

The ad, which was shared first with The Hill, features Ward calling for lowering taxes, reducing spending and strengthening border security. With a stethoscope around her neck, she also highlights her role as a physician.


“As a doctor, I’m always committed to putting my patients first. But too many politicians today put themselves first instead,” Ward says in the ad.

“Just as I put my patients first, I’ll work with President Trump to put Arizona and America first.”

Ward is facing a tough three-candidate primary against Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyWhere Biden, Trump stand in key swing states Abrams announces endorsements in 7 Senate races Why Trump, GOP are running into trouble in Arizona MORE, who’s considered an establishment favorite, and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who shares some of Ward's conservative base.

Ward has taken direct aim at McSally, painting her for being soft on immigration and dubbing her "McAmnesty."

McSally and her team have pushed back on Ward's attacks. They argue McSally has always been a fierce advocate for border security and highlighted her role in crafting a more conservative immigration bill sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.).

But the House rejected that bill in late June as well as a compromise immigration bill brokered by GOP leaders.

public primary poll conducted by Phoenix-based OH Predictive Insights in mid-June found McSally with a 14-point lead over Ward. But another poll released a week later from NBC News–Marist found a much tighter GOP primary, with McSally leading Ward by only 2 points.

As the Republicans battle it out for the nomination, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is expected to cruise to the Democratic nomination without a bruising primary.

According to the same NBC News–Marist poll, Sinema leads all three Republican candidates by double-digit margins in head-to-head match-ups.

Democrats are feeling emboldened about their chances in Arizona despite Trump winning the state by 4 points in 2016. But the party hasn’t won a Senate seat in Arizona since 1988.

Nabbing a seat in Arizona could help Democrats in their attempt to hold ground or flip the Senate. They are playing defense with 10 Senators up for reelection in states Trump won in 2016.

Updated at 3:27 p.m.