Democrat Mark Kelly has defeated Republican Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona, NBC News projected on Friday, giving Democrats a Senate pickup in the state.
President Trump offered a not-very warm welcome to Sen. Martha McSally (R) on Wednesday at his campaign rally in Arizona, NBC News reports.
Said Trump: “Martha, just come up fast. Fast. Fast. Come on. Quick. You got one minute! One minute, Martha! They don’t want to hear this, Martha. Come on. Let’s go. Quick, quick, quick. Come on. Let’s go.”
“The plane that Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) climbs into in a recent campaign ad is a former Norwegian Air Force jet that is now privately owned and is a model that hasn’t been used by the United States Air Force since the 1980s,” the Arizona Mirror reports.
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) has been trailing retired astronaut Mark Kelly (D), in most public polling. However, an internal poll for the McSally campaign obtained by Hotline showed the race within the margin of error.
The internal poll found Kelly ahead by 2 points, 48% to 46%.
“In a key battleground state that is changing rapidly, Martha McSally is banking on the Republican faithful in the November election,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Ms. McSally, an appointed senator who is now running to keep her seat, was the first woman to fly a fighter jet in combat. She sued the secretary of defense over a policy that service women wear Muslim clothing in the Middle East. She is a survivor of sexual assault and discrimination. But on a recent campaign day, she didn’t go into detail on her biography or make any clear overtures to the moderate voters who may help decide the race.”
“Instead, her focus was on rallying Republican voters to keep America from going in what she says is a dangerous direction, if Democrats take power. During a 14-hour day this month—which included a trip to see the wall along the southern border, two Republican Party events, door-knocking and a meeting with small businesses owners—she said her seat is key to Republican control of the Senate and the president’s agenda.”
U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly (D) apologized for an offensive comment he made two years ago while joking about the physiological changes his twin brother experienced after spending a year in space, the Arizona Republic reports.
Said Kelly: “I think the word hasn’t gotten out how bad it is for him. You know, it’s gotten so bad, that we recently had to release him back into the wild,” he continued to a laughing crowd.
He added: “He’s like halfway between an orangutan and a Howler Monkey. We’ve even changed his name to Rodrigo. He lives in the woods.”
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) presented an unusual fundraising pitch in audio obtained by KPHO: She suggested supporters to “fast” for a meal — then give her the money that they save as a campaign donation
Said McSally: “We’re doing our best to catch up, you know, to get our message out. But it takes resources… if you can give $5, $10. If you can, fast a meal and give what that would be.”
A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Mark Kelly (D) leading Sen. Martha McSally (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 51% to 42%.
A new OH Predictive Insights poll in Arizona finds Mark Kelly (D) with a 9-point lead over Sen. Martha McSally (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 52% to 43%.
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) once published an academic paper in which she said military servicewomen should be counseled against the “foolishness of entering into a lifetime commitment (motherhood)” to avoid deployment, and called for the Pentagon to repeal the policy that allows women to use pregnancy as an excuse to “skirt” their commitment, Salon reports.
“Senior political advisers to President Trump warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday that Republican Sen. Martha McSally is falling dangerously behind in the critical swing state of Arizona,” Politico reports.
“Trump’s campaign team was meeting with the president at the White House to discuss the state of play in a handful of battleground states. Toward the end of the meeting, Trump pulled McConnell, who was at the White House to meet with him on another matter, into the Roosevelt Room. The discussion turned to Arizona, where recent polling has shown Trump and McSally trailing.”
The Lincoln Project, a super PAC run by disaffected Republicans, is targeting Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in a new attack ad, its first major foray into down-ballot races.
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) “has a new campaign ad featuring a cancer survivor who talks about how her “path collided” with McSally, whom she describes as a champion for protecting those with pre-existing medical conditions,” the Arizona Republic reports.
“The emotional television ad doesn’t disclose that the woman worked for McSally’s congressional office and as a campaign staffer over the years or that in 2014 she helped defend McSally’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act and roll its coverage protections back.”
A new OH Predictive Insights poll in Arizona shows Mark Kelly (D) leading Sen. Martha McSally (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 51% to 42%.
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball moves moving the special Senate election in Arizona from Toss-up to Leans Democratic.
Mark Kelly (D) has consistently led appointed Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in polling, and not just by a little: four surveys in March showed Kelly up anywhere from five to 12 points, a better margin than Biden enjoys in the state (he has led Trump there in polling, but by smaller margins).
A new Monmouth poll in Arizona finds Joe Biden leading President Trump in a general election match up, 46% to 43%.
Said pollster Patrick Murray: “Impressions of the Democratic nominee will shift once the general election campaign gets under way, but Biden would start off by putting Arizona within reach.”
In the hotly contested U.S. Senate race, Mark Kelly (D) beats Sen. Martha McSally (R), 50% to 44%.
A new OH Predictive Insights in Arizona finds Mark Kelly (D) leading Sen. Martha McSally (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 42%.
First Read: “Why so quickly try to raise money from the interaction – so quickly, in fact, that it seemed planned? Maybe because McSally – who was appointed to the Senate after John McCain passed away – is being seriously outraised by likely Dem opponent Mark Kelly.”
Tim Miller: “It’s a small thing, but this fleeting moment reveals something interesting about the GOP’s posture as the Senate trial begins.”