Uh Oh: Giffords’ Husband To Take On McSally For McCain Seat In 2020

Hot Air | 2/12/2019 | Staff
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Want to see two heroes do battle in 2020? Skip the presidential contest and turn your eyes to Arizona instead, where a former astronaut will take on an Air Force pilot for the final two years of John McCain’s term in the Senate. Democrats have drafted Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to challenge Martha McSally, who got appointed to the seat after losing the state’s other seat to Kyrsten Sinema:

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who rocketed to the national spotlight when his Congresswoman wife Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he’s running to finish John McCain’s last term in the U.S. Senate.

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Kelly is a top Democratic recruit to take on Republican Martha McSally in one of the most closely contested Senate races of the 2020 election.

Kelly launched (sorry!) his campaign on Twitter this morning:


That’s a better campaign video than those produced by either Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren. Kelly’s already got money behind this effort, but it’s not all clear skies for Kelly yet. Despite his obvious assets in name recognition and with Giffords at his side, he may still face competition for the nomination:

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U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego of Phoenix is also considering a Senate run, which would likely set up a tough fight for the Democratic nomination.

Gallego might want to wait for the next gubernatorial election instead. Kelly’s national prominence would make this even more of a spotlight race for Democrats, and it’s a windfall to their gun-control lobby. Gallego likely would carve out a similar policy path as Kelly, but would be less likely to unseat an incumbent — although that may not be as tough with McSally, who lost statewide in November already.

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Kelly gives Democrats a number of advantages. In a state that’s already tilting purple, Kelly makes for...
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