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Vulnerable AZ Sen. McSally Says She Doesn’t Have Resources to Fight Campaign Ads

While Democrats made big gains in the House during the 2018 midterms, they were unable to close the gap in the Senate. The party is hoping for better results in the 2020 elections where vulnerable senators like Cory Gardner, Susan Collins and Martha McSally up for reelection.

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McSally, specifically, is in a tough race against Mark Kelly, the former astronaut and husband for former Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords. So far in the contest, Kelly is far outpacing the incumbent Senator in fundraising. Te gap is so large, in fact, that McSally says she can’t fight right now.

Kelly has hit McSally hard with ads claiming she opposed healthcare for people with preexisting conditions. She told attendees of a Republican meeting, “Look, the attack ads are a lie.”

But the Senator said that she is having trouble answering the TV sports. She continued, “We don’t have the resources to fight. If I went up on TV right now, my campaign coffers would be empty. If we’re going to fight back with a TV ad, it’s going to cost us millions of dollars.”

McSally closed her remarks by pleading for help from outside Republican groups. “We need close air support to show up,” she said. “There’s outside groups. We can’t talk to them. We can’t invite them, but we pray for them every day. We need conservative outside groups, you know, to wake up, and get involved, and start muddying up the landscape a little bit, so I’m not just sitting here taking incoming and not having any A-10s show up, you know overhead, to help me out.”

A poll conducted in December showed Kelly up on McSally by 3 points.