Arizona Senate Primary Battle Officially Kicks Off

The Arizona Senate primary officially kicked off on Friday, and it’s going to be a battle — with war planes and all. 

GOP Rep. Martha McSally launched her Senate run at the Tucson Jet Center Friday morning and will travel to other areas of the state. She donned a blue flight suit so she can make the flight in a World War II-era AT-6 trainer to Phoenix, and then to Prescott. McSally, of course, is piloting the plane herself. 

“Fly fight and win. That’s our plan,” said McSally, a second-term congresswoman and the first female pilot to fly in combat. 

But the primary is a very different race from when a notice for McSally’s “special announcement” first surfaced online Monday morning.

McSally now faces controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an immigration hard-liner and Trump ally who was convicted of contempt of court in a racial profiling case. Former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who was challenging Sen. Jeff Flake before he decided to retire, is also still in the race.

The open seat race is a somewhat new…

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