Sunday, December 10, 2017

Update on AZ US Senate and CD2 races

Larry Bodine, writing at Blog for Arizona, reports that Kyrsten Sinema Stakes Out 5 Positions in US Senate Race.

Krysten Sinema, 41, is a three-term Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Arizona’s 9th Congressional District based in suburban Phoenix. In her first race in 2012, she won with 49 percent; she was re-elected in 2014 and 2016 with 55 percent and 61 percent of the vote, respectively.

She is considered one of the most moderate, bipartisan, aisle-crossing Democrats in all of D.C. [Scriber: That is what will sap her support among progressive Dems.]

Sinema is running for the US Senate seat occupied by unpopular incumbent Jeff Flake, a pro-Trump voter and anti-Trump talker who said he will not run again. In the Democratic primary, Sinema is running against political unknowns Deedra Abboud, Bob Bishop, Chris Russell and Richard Sherzan.

On the GOP side, right-wing fringe candidate Kelli Ward will be a primary opponent for Rep. Martha McSally of Tucson, who has recently wrapped herself around Trump.

Which “who”? I guess he means Trump’s twin, Martha McSally.

The Cook Political Report said the Senate race was a “tossup” and the New York Times called her bid a “worrisome sign for Republicans.” Sinema has the support of EMILY’s List, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Senate Majority PAC.

Check out Bodine’s report for a summary of Sinema’s positions.

Meanwhile, closer to home, back at CD2, Tim Steller reports that Lea Marquez Peterson, a Tucson Republican jumps into race for Martha McSally’s seat.

Lea Marquez-Peterson’s long-rumored campaign for Congress is a go.

Marquez-Peterson announced Thursday she’s having a campaign launch party as she prepares to run for the GOP nomination in Congressional District 2. …

Marquez-Peterson is the president and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. After the current holder of that seat, Republican Rep. Martha McSally, began considering a run for U.S. Senate, local GOP bigwigs such as auto dealer Jim Click encouraged Marquez-Peterson to run.

Now, it appears, she’s in. And if she’s in, apparently McSally is out [running for Senate], although [McSally] has not made it official yet.

Hmmm. What if McSally is just being coy and is not really “out”? Never mind …

Scriber’s fellow political junkies think that Marquez-Peterson will be a formidable candidate.

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