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the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the measure introduced by Republican lawmakers last year that would have partially repealed former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump on his 'chosen one' remark: 'It was sarcasm' Kentucky basketball coach praises Obama after golf round: 'He is a really serious golfer' Biden evokes 1968, asks voters to imagine if Obama had been assassinated 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 McCaskillEx-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand 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) ManchinTrump awards Medal of Freedom to NBA legend Bob Cousy Overnight Energy: Green groups sue Trump over Endangered Species Act changes | Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency | Wildfires in Amazon rainforest burn at record rate Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency out west 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 McSallyGabby Giffords participating in gun violence town hall in El Paso following mass shooting Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid MORE (R-Ariz.), are locked in a heated battle for the seat currently held by outgoing Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeAnti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid Arpaio considering running for former sheriff job after Trump pardon Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument 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.