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the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the measure introduced by Republican lawmakers last year that would have partially repealed former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaButtigieg: America 'united in mourning' Kobe Bryant's death Obama mourns 'heartbreaking' loss of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna 'The worst news': Political world mourns loss of Kobe Bryant 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 McCaskillHow Citizens United altered America's political landscape #MidnightMoscowMitch trends amid criticism of McConnell's proposed impeachment trial rules The most expensive congressional races of the last decade 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) ManchinDemocrats Manchin, Jones signal they're undecided on Trump removal vote Schiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line Schiff closes Dems' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump 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 McSallyDemocrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment Senate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses How Citizens United altered America's political landscape MORE (R-Ariz.), are locked in a heated battle for the seat currently held by outgoing Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Flake: Republicans don't speak out against Trump 'because they want to keep their jobs' GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials 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.