Combat fighter pilot joins competitive Arizona Senate race

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Arpaio's campaign to shake up Senate race in Arizona

"She opposed Donald Trump as a candidate and has undermined him as president, which is why leading conservatives are rejecting McSally and are lining up behind a true reformer in Dr. Kelli Ward". The president pardoned Arpaio after a conviction related to a racial-profiling case.

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".

"As a member of the wildly unpopular Republican Congress, Mitch McConnell's handpicked candidate Rep. McSally has spent her career as a reliable vote for corporate special interests and Wall Street, not Arizona families", J.B. Poersch, the organization's president, said in a statement.

"The US Air Force decided that Martha McSally had the right stuff, the first female pilot to fly in combat".

"Martha McSally is Jeff Flake 2.0 and part of the Washington establishment that has failed Arizona for years", said Ward campaign chair Ed Rollins.

Arpaio is a sheriff known for his hardline and controversial border-security policies, as well as his ardent belief that former President Obama forged his birth certificate.

Arpaio's only Republican competition so far is former state legislator Kelli Ward, and Wells said he thinks the former sheriff has a real chance of winning the primary if no one else gets in the race.

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Democrats view the Arizona race as a strong opportunity to pick up a seat in their efforts to win back the Senate majority as incumbent Senator Jeff Flake is retiring at the end of the year.

Arpaio made the announcement Tuesday, injecting new uncertainty and attention into the race that's already among the year's most-watched.

Securing the USA border and figuring out how to normalize the status of "the 10 million to 15 million undocumented immigrants" already here - "who, let's be honest, will not and should not be forcibly removed" - are the two biggest challenges, they add, and "when prioritizing the immigration problems we face, the case of 200,000 Salvadorans who accepted our invitation to live and work here legally would not even make a Top 10 list".

"My friend, Martha McSally".

McSally, first elected to the House of Representatives in 2014, must strike a delicate balance between embracing Trump and appealing to more moderate voters, Republican strategists said. "How much daylight is she going to put between herself and the president?" Trump has not endorsed a candidate in the race.

"The Arizona Republican primary will be nasty, expensive and very long". Cook Political Report now has the race as a toss-up.

Coughlin said Arpaio has a good shot, noting he boasts a loyal core of supporters and has never lost a Republican primary. "Now, I'm deployed to D.C.to fight for Arizona", Ms. McSally said in the video. "But how do you get that narrative out there in the cacophony that Joe creates when he talks?"

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