Trump endorses McSally in Arizona Senate race

Trump endorses McSally in Arizona Senate race
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE endorsed Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGroup of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' Here are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump Overnight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 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 FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing 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 McCainEx-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat Man acquitted over tweet offering 0 to killing an ICE agent Lessons of the Kamala Harris campaign MORE’s (R) death in August, with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) serving in the interim months.

ADVERTISEMENT

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.