Arizona Senate Race

20 Years After ‘Fab Five,’ Arizona Will Get Its First Woman Senator
A Senate seat has proven elusive for Arizona women

GOP Rep. Martha McSally or her opponent, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, will be Arizona's first woman senator. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

AVONDALE, Ariz. — When an auto technician instructor began to describe how women and men approached issues differently, GOP Rep. Martha McSally pushed back. Such is the context of running in a state that, for its 112 year history, has never elected a woman to the Senate despite a history of strong women in its politics. 

She had been fighting gender stereotypes her entire life, McSally told him while touring the Universal Technical Institute last week. She encouraged him to look at students individually.

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Health Care Vote Hounds Martha McSally in Tight Arizona Senate Race
McSally voted to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act

GOP candidate for Senate Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks to students after touring the Universal Technical Institute in Avondale, Ariz.(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

AVONDALE, Ariz. — GOP Rep. Martha McSally continues to face criticism for her vote to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act, and engaged in a heated exchange with a local reporter over protections for people with pre-existing conditions after an event Wednesday.

“I have fought for pre-existing conditions. I voted to protect pre-existing conditions. This is personal,” the Arizona Republican told reporters after touring the Universal Technical Institute.

McSally Defends Health Care Record in Testy Media Exchange
 

Arizona Senate hopeful Rep. Martha McSally defended her record on health care and the protection of pre-existing conditions at a campaign event Wednesday afternoon in Avondale, Ariz. 

“You know my heart, this is personal to a lot of people,” McSally said. “And we need a different policy model that brings down the cost, that provides more choice and allows people to get health insurance for their pre-existing conditions.”

Trump Ties Sinema to Schumer Even Though She Says She Won’t Support Him
Sinema and McSally face off in Toss-up Arizona Senate race for Flake’s seat

President Donald Trump arrives with Arizona Republican Senate nominee Martha McSally for a rally in Mesa, Ariz., on Friday. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump, rallying in Arizona on behalf of Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally, sought to tie her Democratic opponent Kyrsten Sinema, to Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer even though Sinema said she won’t support him.

A vote for Sinema is “dangerous” because “it’s for Schumer, crying Chuck,” Trump told rallygoers Friday night at an airport hangar in Mesa. 

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Arizona Poised for First Female Senator After McSally, Sinema Win
National Republicans viewed McSally the best candidate for the general election

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., won the Senate primary in Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Martha McSally won the Republican nomination for Senate in Arizona on Tuesday night, and will take on Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in the open-seat race as the Grand Canyon State appears poised to elect its first female senator.

McSally emerged from a divisive primary by tying herself to President Donald Trump, whom she had declined to support in 2016 following comments he made about groping women. She fended off attacks from former state Sen. Kelli Ward and controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that she would not be a strong Trump ally.

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Arizona Senate Primary Battle Officially Kicks Off
Martha McSally joins Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward in likely drawn-out primary

Rep. Martha McSally kicked off her bid for the open Arizona Senate seat on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Arizona Senate primary officially kicked off Friday, and it’s going to be a battle — with war planes and all. 

Republican Rep. Martha McSally launched her Senate run at the Tucson Jet Center on Friday morning and will travel to other areas of the state later in the day. She donned a blue flight suit to fly in a World War II-era AT-6 trainer to Phoenix, and then to Prescott. McSally, of course, is piloting the plane herself.