Like Last Time, McSally Goes Negative
McSally Starts This Campaign The Same Way Her Last One Ended:
Negative Attacks That Arizonans See Right Through
PHOENIX — Unelected U.S. Sen. Martha McSally‘s 2020 campaign is starting the same way her last failed bid ended: more negative attacks and divisive name-calling, as she struggles to defend and distract from her unpopular record.
We know from last time the tactic won’t work, but here’s why McSally is so desperate:
McSally can’t run on her own deeply unpopular record: For months, McSally has said she’s counting on outside groups to “get involved, and start muddying up the landscape” on her record of voting to let insurance companies jack up prices on people who have a pre-existing condition.
McSally is the most vulnerable GOP Senator according to nonpartisan observers: According to a Cook Political Report analysis released last week, McSally’s seat could “be the toughest for Republicans to hold on to” in 2020.
McSally’s job approval rating is plummeting: According to Morning Consult’s Senate job approval ratings, McSally’s approval rating has plummeted as Arizonans have gotten to know her better. Last month, McSally’s approval rating was at -3, down 5 points since Morning Consult’s October rating.
McSally’s fundraising is lagging: According to the Arizona Daily Star, “Individual donors in Arizona gave around $256,000 more to Kelly than to McSally in the final quarter of 2019.”