Every Senate Republican except Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) voted to acquit President Donald Trump earlier this month in a purely partisan verdict to conclude their rigged impeachment trial. Now Senator Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) is experiencing the backlash in her state.
McSally not only voted to acquit Trump, but she also did so after voting to bar witness testimony and new evidence from being entered into the record despite an overwhelming majority of Americans demanding testimony during the trial. Even Arizona voters supported witness testimony, and they rightfully expected their senator to do the right thing instead of joining Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s sham trial.
Unfortunately for McSally, her decision to march lockstep with Trump despite the damning evidence proving he tried to extort Ukraine into investigating his political rivals has backfired as her Democratic opponent has extended his lead in the polls ahead of November according to Arizona Highground.
Former astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), currently leads McSally by 7 points, 46 percent to 39 percent.
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Republicans are already in danger of losing the Senate in November, making McSally’s seat critical to their effort to keep control of the upper chamber.
But McSally is deeply unpopular and previously lost a 2018 Senate race to Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). The only reason McSally is a senator at the moment is that Arizona’s Republican governor appointed her to fill the late-Senator John McCain’s seat after his death. Needless to say, she disgraced the seat by voting to acquit the man who still attacks McCain to this day.
Kelly currently has the support of the same voting blocs that propelled Sinema to victory two years ago.
“Right now, not only does Mark Kelly have a commanding fundraising advantage, but he’s also holding a lead among critical swing voters including independent and unaffiliated voters as well as female voters who were the key to Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s success in 2018,” Highground Senior Vice President Paul Bentz said in a statement “Polling is a snapshot in time and only time will tell if McSally’s new ads or the President’s visit can help stem the tide, but for now, Kelly’s campaign is trending in the right direction.”
If McSally loses, it does not bode well for other senators such as Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Cory Gardner (R-Co.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), all of whom voted to acquit Trump and have been heavily criticized for failing to stand up to him.
This poll also indicates that Arizona could very well flip to the Democrats this year, resulting in a loss for Trump that he will have difficulty making up for in what is sure to be a tough election. Clearly, many Republicans are going to regret their impeachment vote, and Romney is not one of them.
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