McSally launches 2020 campaign

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyHouse Freedom Caucus chair weighs Arizona Senate bid New rule shakes up Senate Armed Services subcommittees The Seventeenth Amendment and the censure of Donald Trump MORE (Ariz.), a Republican facing one of the toughest elections in November, launched her 2020 campaign Tuesday.

McSally’s campaign launched with a video featuring several supporters that she said “inspire” her to continue serving in the Senate. It touches on issues including prescription drug costs, sexual assault, human trafficking and improving access to mental health care. 

“Those are just a few things we can agree upon in a bipartisan way, but there’s so many more. It’s an absolute honor to represent Arizona, and I humbly ask for the opportunity to continue to serve,” she says in the video.


McSally lost her 2018 campaign to then-Rep. Krysten SinemaKyrsten Sinema Parliamentarian nixes minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill Humanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives How Joe Biden made history in Arizona MORE (D-Ariz.) for the seat formerly held by 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-Ariz.), who retired. McSally was later appointed to a seat vacated by the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainHouse Freedom Caucus chair weighs Arizona Senate bid Cindy McCain planning 'intimate memoir' of life with John McCain Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors MORE (R-Ariz.). 

She faces a tough challenge this year from Democratic candidate Mark Kelly, a former astronaut and husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.). Giffords became a gun control advocate after surviving an assassination attempt in 2012. 

Kelly has been outraising McSally in the race. He has more than $13 million on hand, while McSally has just around $7.7 million on hand. 

The Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss-up.”