Trump endorses McSally in Arizona Senate race

Trump endorses McSally in Arizona Senate race
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE endorsed Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallySenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE’s (R-Ariz.) 2020 Senate campaign as she faces a stiff Democratic effort to flip her seat.

“A brave former fighter jet pilot and warrior, Senator Martha McSally of Arizona has done an outstanding job in D.C., and is fully supportive of our agenda – she is with us all the way,” Trump tweeted.

McSally ran in 2018 to replace the retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE (R-Ariz.) but fell short to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. She was later appointed to her current seat in December after the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain's reset: US-Vietnam relations going strong after 25 years Senate outlook slides for GOP Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden MORE’s (R) death in August, with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) serving in the interim months.

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McSally is facing off against astronaut Mark Kelly to fill the remaining two years of McCain’s term in what is set to be a tight race. A May poll found the two candidates statistically tied.

The Arizona Republican was out-fundraised in the first quarter of the year, hauling in $2.1 million compared with the $4 million Kelly garnered in his first weeks as a candidate.

McSally tied herself closely to the president in her failed 2018 campaign and has continued to back the White House during her time in the Senate, providing the administration with a key border state ally on its immigration policies.

The Arizona Democratic Party slammed McSally Tuesday as a "rubber stamp" for Trump's agenda.

"Partisanship and party loyalty have always been more important to Martha McSally than putting Arizonans first in Washington. McSally is a rubber stamp for national Republicans' agenda, whether on tax giveaways for big corporations, or the GOP lawsuit to end coverage protections for 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions," Brad Bainum, a spokesperson for the Arizona Democratic Party, said in a statement to The Hill.