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Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing

Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing

President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE sought to boost Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyNew rule shakes up Senate Armed Services subcommittees The Seventeenth Amendment and the censure of Donald Trump Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly jokes about piloting congressional subway MORE (R-Ariz.) with a Twitter shout out Tuesday as the Arizona Republican faces a tough reelection battle against astronaut and gun control activist Mark Kelly.

“Just signed a critical bill to formalize drought contingency plans for the Colorado River. Thanks to @SenMcSallyAZ for getting it done. Big deal for Arizona!” Trump tweeted Tuesday that McSally retweeted.

The law Trump signed codifies an agreement between Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, California, New Mexico and Nevada to establish voluntary water conservation measures as the states try to manage prolonged drought conditions and regional impacts of climate change.

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The Arizona Republican is running next year to serve the remaining two years of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain planning 'intimate memoir' of life with John McCain Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors Arkansas state senator says he's leaving Republican Party MORE’s (R) term. McSally was appointed to the Senate in December after McCain’s death in August, with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R) serving in the interim months. However, she was defeated by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the 2018 race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFormer GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Klain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' MORE (R).

Sinema’s victory made the Grand Canyon State a top priority for Democrats, who have successfully recruited a top-tier challenger in Kelly.

Kelly announced earlier this month he raised a staggering $4 million in the first quarter of 2019, with the average online contribution amounting to $25. The Arizona Democrat also has high name recognition as a former astronaut and husband to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who narrowly survived a shooting in 2011. The two have since become high-profile advocates for gun control reform. 

McSally hauled in about $2 million in the first quarter of 2019, according to a Federal Election Commission filing.

Republicans hope to defend their 53-47 Senate majority next year as a handful of GOP incumbents face tough Democratic challengers in states like Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, Iowa and Arizona.