Ariz. GOP Senate hopeful: McCain, Flake ‘contributed’ in Iowa woman’s death

Ariz. GOP Senate hopeful: McCain, Flake ‘contributed’ in Iowa woman’s death
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Arizona GOP Senate candidate Kelli Ward on Tuesday said Arizona Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ MORE (R) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGrassley panel scraps Kavanaugh hearing, warns committee will vote without deal Coulter mocks Kavanaugh accuser: She'll only testify 'from a ski lift' Poll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it MORE (R), as well as her primary opponent Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallySinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — GOP again has momentum on Kavanaugh rollercoaster Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ MORE (R), helped "contribute" to the death of an Iowa woman who was allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant.

Ward called McSally an “amnesty advocate” and said that Arizona needs “true leadership in the Senate.”

"The lack of leadership & courage by open border senators like [Flake and McCain], & #amnesty advocate Martha McSally contribute to these senseless deaths," Ward tweeted on Tuesday, linking to an article about the murdered woman, Mollie Tibbetts. "We need true leadership in the Senate to #BuildTheWall & secure our borders!" 

A spokeswoman for McSally said she would not "dignify" Ward's comment with a response, The Arizona Republic reported.

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National reports have closely followed the search for Tibbetts, who disappeared in July.

Her body was discovered on Tuesday, and police have charged Cristhian Bahena Rivera with her murder. Rivera is a Mexican national in the country illegally, fueling talking points for border security advocates.

McCain and Flake have both long advocated for comprehensive immigration reform, even collaborating with Democrats in the 2013 "Gang of Eight," a group of lawmakers dedicated to passing legislation on the issue.

McCain has been undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer at his home in Arizona. 

Ward has frequently targeted McSally on the issue of immigration and has positioned herself as a fervent supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE and his policies.

An August poll showed McSally with an 8-point lead over Ward heading into the Aug. 28 primary.

This week, Ward hit the road for a "Road to Victory" bus tour alongside Arizona Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarGOP lawmaker's siblings endorse Dem opponent: 'Difficult to see my brother as anything but a racist' Overnight Energy: Navajo coal plant to close | NC dam breach raises pollution fears | House panel to examine endangered species bills Push to change wildlife act sparks lobbying blitz MORE (R), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (R-Ky.) and Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWarren calls out GOP congressman for 'white supremacist propaganda,' encourages donations to his opponent GOP lawmaker accuses black students of supporting 'George Wallace's segregation' The stakes are sky-high for the pro-life cause in the upcoming midterms MORE (R-Iowa).