John McCain. But U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, who represents the Tucson area, has reportedly told colleagues that she will run for Flake's seat. Lane FlakeGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Sasse: RNC help for Roy Moore "doesn't make any sense" Sasse calls RNC decision to resume support for Moore "bad" and "sad" MORE (R-Ariz.).
Ward's campaign released a new ad on social media following McSally's announcement attempting to paint her as the candidate of the Washington establishment. "I recently made one myself, and I wanted my friends in Tucson to be the first to know".
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, a two-term Arizona Republican and former Air Force combat pilot, on Friday, an already volatile race for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat.
"Like our president, I'm exhausted of PC politicians and their BS excuses".
"That's why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries to get the job done", she added. "Now I'm running for the Senate to fight the fights that must be won". "On national security, economic security and border security".
The district went for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race by 5 points, but Ms. McSally easily won her re-election by 14 points that same year. Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an immigration hardliner, and former state Sen.
Ward, who lost a 2016 GOP primary to Sen. Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) and had been working to fashion herself the choice for Arizona's more conservative voters in this election. "She has launched a one-woman campaign against a military policy in Saudi Arabia that forced her to wear a long black Islamic robe over her Air Force uniform". Sharia law is the religious law of Islam but has become a political punching bag for many conservatives. "She is the real deal, she is tough".
All three candidates will likely try to leverage their ties to Trump to their benefit. He was spared a possible jail sentence over the summer when Trump pardoned him for disobeying a judge. The president pardoned Arpaio after a conviction related to a racial-profiling case.
McSally was elected to the House in 2014, defeating incumbent U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., in a close race.
McSally refused to condemn Trump's vulgar description of African countries during a meeting, saying she, too, can "speak a little salty behind closed doors at times".
The GOP primary victor will likely face off against Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the frontrunner in the Democratic primary.
"Like in almost every other state facing a Senate election this cycle, the Arizona Republican primary will be nasty, expensive and very long", David Bergstein, a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman said Friday in a written statement.