Sinema touts health care record in new Arizona Senate ad

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is dropping a new ad in Arizona's closely contested Senate race, this time touting her record on health care for seniors. 

Th 30-second spot is set to debut statewide Thursday, marking the latest effort by a Democratic congressional hopeful to bring health care front-and-center in the 2018 midterm elections.

"Kyrsten Sinema sided with older Arizonans and the AARP, voting to stop a new 'age tax' on health care, fought to protect coverage for pre-existing health conditions and will stand up to anyone who goes after our social security and Medicare," a narrator says in the ad.

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"What I'll do as a United States senator is fight to do right for my state," Sinema then says.

The ad references Sinema's vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the measure introduced by Republican lawmakers last year that would have partially repealed former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's engagement win Obama's endorsement Pence lobbies anti-Trump donors to support reelection: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators MORE's signature Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The AHCA legislation would have allowed insurance companies to charge adults ages 50-64 five times more for insurance than younger people purchasing coverage on the individual market. The ACA caps that rate at three times more.

Democrats have mounted an aggressive effort to bring health care to the center of the 2018 midterm elections after Republicans failed last year to repeal Obama's signature health care law.

In Missouri, for example, Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillLobbying world Dem candidate has Hawley served subpoena at CPAC Annual scorecard ranks GOP environmental efforts far below Dems in 2018 MORE (D) has hit her Republican opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, for a lawsuit that he has signed on to that seeks to block the implementation of ObamaCare.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Murkowski, Manchin call for 'responsible solutions' to climate change MORE (D-W.Va.) has taken a similar strategy against his GOP challenger, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who also signed on to the lawsuit.

The ad released Thursday is Sinema's fifth targeting health care in the race.

Sinema and her Republican opponent, Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game The Memo: Trump can't let go of McCain grudge Overnight Defense: Top Marine warns border deployment could hurt readiness | McSally aims for sexual assault reforms in defense bill | House to vote on measure opposing transgender ban | New warning over F-35 sale to Turkey MORE (R-Ariz.), are locked in a heated battle for the seat currently held by outgoing Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R-Ariz.), although recent polls show Sinema with a 3-to-6-point lead in the race.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, currently puts the contest in the "toss-up" column.