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.”
“In what’s shaping up to be one of the most expensive U.S. Senate campaigns of 2020, and the costliest in Arizona history, Mark Kelly (D) continues to dominate incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R) on the fundraising front,” KTAR reports.
“Kelly’s campaign on Tuesday touted a 2019 fourth quarter total of over $6.2 million, more than 50% higher than McSally’s announced total of around $4 million.”
The Arizona Mirror obtained audio of Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) pleading for outside support during a meeting with Republicans, supposedly saying that while her campaign can’t coordinate with outside groups, “we pray for them every day.”
Said McSally: “We don’t have the resources to fight. If I went up on TV right now, my campaign coffers would be empty. If we’re going to fight back with a TV ad, it’s going to cost us millions of dollars.”
A new super PAC is targeting Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) with a new ad “in an early sign that the competitive Arizona Senate race could attract plenty of outside spending,” Roll Call reports.
A new OH Predictive Insights poll in Arizona shows Mark Kelly (D) leading Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) by a 47% to 44% margin, fueled by a substantial gender gap.
“Sen. Martha McSally had incurred weeks of unchecked attacks from Democratic groups, and the Arizona Republican’s allies are pleading for help,” the Washington Examiner reports.
“Since early September, Advancing Arizona has targeted McSally with a barrage of advertising as part of a $1.4 million television buy from the so-called dark money group that runs through late November. Need to Impeach, a super PAC, is chipping in an additional $134,000 in cable and digital attacks as Democrats in the House of Representatives accelerate an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.”
Mark Kelly (D), the retired NASA astronaut who is vying to unseat Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), “outraised her for the third straight quarter and has eclipsed his first two previous fundraising quarters,” the Arizona Republic reports.
“Kelly raised more than $5.5 million during the third quarter, his campaign told The Arizona Republic on Monday, bringing his total raised to nearly $14 million.”
Daniel McCarthy (R), who is challenging Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in the Republican primary, suggested the United States annex Mexico, RealClearPolitics reports.
Said McCarthy: “There is a process to become states for the United States. Clearly 30 million Mexican illegal immigrants want to be United States citizens, probably half the country wants to be United States citizens.”
McCarthy also suggested that adding some “beachfront property” to U.S. territory might be nice.
Arizona GOP chairwoman Kelli Ward said in a fundraising email that the GOP would stop U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly (D) “dead in his tracks,” the Washington Post reports.
“Ward’s choice wording stands out not only because Kelly is an ardent gun control advocate, but because he took up the cause after his wife, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, survived an assassination attempt in which a gunman killed six people and left Giffords with traumatic brain injuries.”
Businessman Daniel McCarthy (R) announced his intention to run against Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in 2020, ABC Arizona reports.
“McCarthy is capable of putting tens of millions into the race according to a source close to the campaign.”
A new OH Predictive Insights poll in Arizona shows Mark Kelly (D) leading Sen. Martha McSally (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 46% to 41%.
Key finding: “McSally has fallen behind, the poll suggests, as President Trump’s standing takes a hit in Arizona. Just 47% of likely voters in the state approve of Trump’s job performance, down from 50% in May and 54% in October.”
“Federal appeals-court judges have agreed to decide whether Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) can continue to serve until the 2020 election without having been elected to her seat by voters,” the Arizona Republic reports.
“In December 2018, McSally was appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey (R) to fill the Senate seat vacated by the Aug. 25, 2018, death of veteran Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Now, McSally and Ducey are defendants in a lawsuit filed by a small group of Arizona voters from across the political spectrum that claims it’s unconstitutional for McSally to serve as senator for 27 months without being elected.”
The Arizona Republic leads with a story on how Sen. Kirsten Sinema sidesteps “chaos and drama.”
“In her first 6 months, Arizona senator is living up to her centrist reputation.”
“Arizona Republican Chairwoman Kelli Ward said she wishes GOP elected officials, specifically Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), ‘would just be quiet’ when they disagree with President Trump,” according to audio obtained by Phoenix New Times.
“Ward’s criticism of McSally highlights the delicate balance faced by Arizona Republicans who hope to maintain support among Trump’s base as well as the moderate wing of the party.”
Mark Kelly (D), the retired astronaut who is hoping to unseat Sen. Martha McSally (R) in Arizona’s 2020 Senate race, raised $4.2 million during April, May and June, exceeding his first-quarter fundraising, the Arizona Republic reports.
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) “has grown fearful of a 2020 primary challenge in recent days, kicking off a flurry of efforts to protect her at the highest levels of the Republican Party,” Politico reports.
“In a series of conversations with senior Republicans including President Trump, the senator has raised alarms about Daniel McCarthy, a skincare company executive who helped bankroll Trump’s 2016 campaign. McSally, who was appointed to her seat in early 2019 after losing a 2018 Senate race, faces a treacherous special election next year in a state that’s growing increasingly friendly to Democrats, and Republicans worry that a primary fight will further complicate her prospects.”
“Republicans are promising to do everything they can to obliterate Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate primary,” Politico reports.
“A push is underway to get President Donald Trump involved in derailing Moore. Republicans are actively moving to recruit Jeff Sessions to run for his old seat. And GOP leaders are warning the party will jeopardize perhaps its only chance at picking up a Senate seat next year if they let Democrat Doug Jones get his favored match-up.”
Said Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ): “Give me a break. This place has enough creepy old men.”