It references the attacks McSally made on Sinema two years ago, which culminated in McSally in a 2018 televised debate accusing Sinema of supporting “treason” over a years-old remark Sinema had made during a radio interview.
“Arizonans know that Martha McSally will say anything to get elected,” Sinema said. “Her false attacks against me were desperate and over the top. Now she’s doing the same to Mark Kelly.”
“But Martha’s worst lies are the ones about her own record. She voted to eliminate protections for preexisting health conditions. An Arizona senator should be an independent voice that puts everyday people first. That’s why I support Mark.”
Kelly led McSally, R-Ariz., 49-40 among likely Arizona voters in a statewide Suffolk University/USA TODAY Network poll released Friday.
Kelly led in all eight of polls taken in September, usually by high single-digit margins, according to figures tracked by Real Clear Politics. An ABC News/Washington Post poll last week showed Kelly up by just 1 point.
Now, as Mr. Trump’s pick for the court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, meets with senators ahead of a confirmation battle this month, the political consequences of that fight have become a plot twist in a race that has largely been going against Ms. McSally.
In the days after Justice Ginsburg’s death, Mr. Kelly and other Democrats saw huge spikes in their online fund-raising, while Ms. McSally and other Republicans saw more modest bumps. But the impact of the Barrett nomination will probably be contingent on the tenor of the televised Judiciary Committee hearings, set to begin Oct. 12, and whether Republicans are seen as unfairly handling the process and whether Democrats are seen as overreaching in fighting Judge Barrett.
Yet Ms. McSally and other struggling Republicans who have lashed their fates to Mr. Trump — including Senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia — see the fight as favorable: The nomination fight provides an opportunity to change the subject from the gloomy and damaging pandemic narrative to something likely to generate new energy among the Republican base.
“McSally is grasping for anything she can find that might shift the dynamics of a race she was losing because she hasn’t been able to shift that dynamic on her own,” said Andy Barr, a Democratic political consultant active in statewide Arizona races.
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