Arizona Rep. Martha McSally announces she's running for Senate

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"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.

"Isn't it great to be compared to the president of the United States?" Former sheriff Joe Arpaio is also running.

Arpaio blames the agency for his criminal conviction over intentionally defying a judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, though the charge was recommended by the judge. During his six terms in office, Mr Arpaio led a department with "a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos", according to the Justice Department.

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

Democrats have been emboldened by Flake's retirement to make a strong challenge for the seat and believe the state, which includes a significant portion of Hispanic voters that typically lean to the left, is one of the best offensive opportunities for the party facing a tough Senate map. Kelli Ward, in the GOP primary.

America's first female fighter pilot Martha McSally had a theme for her official Senate announcement Friday morning.

Arpaio announced on Twitter that he is running "for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump".

"Well, let me just say I've spoken a little salty behind closed doors as well so I'm not going to throw the first stone on using any language, and I guess there was a dispute as to what was actually said", McSally said.

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Arpaio served as a campaign surrogate for Trump.

Until now, Ward was considered to be the Republican front-runner. ".the issue I think he was trying to get to was we need to reform our immigration system, that this lottery system doesn't make any sense".

"The Arizona Republican primary will be nasty, expensive and very long". "Most people who like Trump generally gravitate toward Arpaio".

The Ward campaign isn't buying it, though. Ward lost to McCain in the primary.

She refused to endorse Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign.

However, she removed Bannon's name from her list of endorsements after Trump split with Bannon over comments in a newly published book critical of the president. She wasn't done though, also explicitly tying herself to Trump.

Yet she has tacked right in recent months and aligned herself with Trump as the 2018 campaign season neared.

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat who represents central Phoenix, and immigration lawyer and advocate Deedra Abboud are both seeking the Democratic nomination for Flake's seat. She scored a decisive re-election win in 2016 over Democrat Matt Heinz. He also said Trump had not asked him to run for the Senate.

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