McSally launches 2020 campaign

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyNew bill would withhold pay from Senate until coronavirus stimulus package passes Senate GOP super PAC books more than million in fall ads Politics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried 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 Lea SinemaPoll: Kelly opens up double-digit lead against McSally in Arizona Senate race McSally launches 2020 campaign Overnight Defense: Senate votes to acquit Trump | Highlights from State of the Union | Trump defends Soleimani strike | Service member surprises family at speech | Air Force tests ICBM MORE (D-Ariz.) for the seat formerly held by Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally campaign to suspend TV ads, canvassing amid pandemic Coronavirus isn't the only reason Congress should spend less time in DC Trump Jr. says he inherited 'Tourette's of the thumbs' from his father MORE (R-Ariz.), who retired. McSally was later appointed to a seat vacated by the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainJuan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal Ernst calls for public presidential campaign funds to go to masks, protective equipment President Trump is right — Now's the time for 'all hands on deck' 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.”