Later today, McSally, a retired Air Force colonel and the first female fighter pilot to fly a combat mission, plans to fly herself across Arizona in a World War II fighter plane to announce her candidacy in Tucson, Phoenix and Prescott.
Considering Arizona sits on America's southern border with Mexico, the election will undoubtedly be highlighted by candidate views on immigration from both sides of the political spectrum in a state that features one of the country's highest concentration of Hispanic populations. McSally also cleverly adapts the ancient conservative injunction to RINOs to "grow a pair" by saying the GOP should "grow a pair of ovaries", presumably like hers.
But while McSally is trying to tie herself to the president now, she refused to endorse his presidential bid, ammunition that her opponents might use to launch their own attacks on the campaign trail. I'm a fighter pilot, and I talk like one.
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Like few others, the Arizona election is expected to showcase the feud between the Republican Party's establishment and its fiery anti-immigration wing in particular.
In front of a fighter jet and over the crunch of electric guitar, McSally then declares her common ground with Trump: "Like our president, I'm exhausted of P.C. politicians and their B.S. excuses". Kelli Ward, a vocal Trump advocate, are also GOP candidates.
But the race's dynamics took a turn earlier this week with former Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio's announcement that he also is seeking the Republican nomination. Her primary challengers include state Sen.
Rep. Martha McSally speaks at a rally, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz. "Our military is relying on us". She co-sponsored an immigration bill that would reduce legal immigration levels by 25 percent earlier this week. She scored a decisive re-election win in 2016 over Democrat Matt Heinz.
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"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.
"I absolutely refused to bow down to Sharia law", she said in the video referencing her successful challenge to a military policy that required her to wear an Islamic robe over her Air Force uniform. "After eight years of fighting, I won my battle for the religious freedom of American servicewomen".
I don't know how well she'll do since Politico described her as "an establishment favorite" and noted that "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called her one of the party's best Senate recruits this cycle". After Sinema's entry into the race, several national analysts rated the normally solid Republican seat a "toss up" in 2018.
The GOP primary victor will likely face off against Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the frontrunner in the Democratic primary.
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