Here’s the latest news out Arizona today courtesy of PPP:
And this is really bad news for U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R. AZ):
Democrats know that a path to a Senate Majority is through Arizona and they are gearing up to find a top-notch candidate:
Kyrsten Sinema’s 2018 U.S. Senate victory has Democrats looking at the 2020 race with hungry eyes.
For one thing, Sinema showed it’s possible for a Democrat to win.
For another, the same Republican she beat, Martha McSally, will presumably be the general-election candidate Dems are running against, since she’s been appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to hold John McCain’s former seat for two years.
So this time out, you can expect more than the symbolic competition that Sinema, then a member of the U.S. House, faced in the primary election. It should be a freewheeling competition among some heavyweight Democrats and a few lesser known ones.
In 2018, longtime Democratic Party official and donor Bill Roe said, “the risk-reward calculus was a little off. Now they see that it’s winnable, there aren’t going to be so many uncontested (primary) races.”
Who can we expect to jump in? Three big names have signaled their intentions so far: U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, and retired astronaut Mark Kelly. All three have met with Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who is chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.