Arizona Senate Race

Sinema ‘Seriously Considering’ Challenging Flake in Senate
Arizona congresswoman under pressure to make a decision

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., is considering running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is “seriously considering” challenging GOP Sen. Jeff Flake in the Arizona Senate race, she said after a local news outlet reported that she is planning to run.

Flake is considered one of the two more vulnerable GOP incumbents in 2018, and Sinema is also facing pressure to make a decision, with the prospect of a Democratic primary for the race. 

Democratic Group Targets 2018 GOP Senators on Russia
American Bridge pressuring Flake and Heller to support independent investigation

American Bridge 21st Century is targeting Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller to support an independent investigation into Russia and the 2016 election. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Democratic super PAC is targeting two GOP senators up for re-election in 2018, urging them to back an independent investigation into President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. 

American Bridge 21st Century is launching a two-week digital ad campaign Thursday against Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, with plans to expand the campaign to other platforms. The ads are targeted to “engaged voters” of all parties and direct voters to a petition calling on the senators to support an independent investigation. 

Republican John McCain Re-Elected in Arizona Senate Race
Veteran senator beat Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick

Republican Sen. John McCain is re-elected in Arizona, defeating Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. (Photograph by Daniel A. Anderson file photo.)

Republican Sen. John McCain will defeat Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s Senate Race, The Associated Press projects. 

The race was McCain’s most competitive run for Senate to date (his sixth), or at least it appeared that way early in the year when it was still unclear how controversial Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would affect down-ballot races in states like Arizona.

Flake Gets 2018 Primary Challenge
Kelli Ward recently ran an unsuccessful campaign against John McCain

Former state Sen. Kelli Ward said she’s going to “take on the establishment once again” in Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The 2016 elections aren’t over, but Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is already facing a primary challenge in 2018 from former state Sen. Kelli Ward. 

Ward announced Wednesday on her radio show “The Kelli Ward Connection” that she will take on the Republican senator, who has been a consistent critic of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. 

Ep. 26: Women Could Make Up a Quarter of the Senate Next Year
The Week Ahead

If Democrats sweep on Election Day, the group of newly elected U.S. senators will be disproportionately female, better educated and not as white as the current Senate, says Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings. Find out who are the likely newcomers that will add a touch of diversity to the chamber that has been dominated by white, middle age or older men.

Democrats No Longer Divided Over Social Security
Expansion, not cuts, has been the theme in Washington and on campaign trail

More Democrats are coming around to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's thinking on Social Security. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While there was a split among moderate and liberal Democrats on Social Security, expanding the program rather than cutting it is becoming the party line on the Hill and on the campaign trail.

On Friday, Democratic Reps. Linda T. Sánchez, Mark Pocan, and Michael M. Honda announced legislation to expand Social Security.

Poll shows Kirkpatrick Still Unknown in Arizona
Many Arizonans don't like the border wall either

Nearly a third of those polled said they didn't have an opinion on whether they viewed Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick favorably or unfavorably. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A recent poll showed many Arizona voters say they don't know enough about Sen. John McCain's opponent.

A Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll released Wednesday showed that while 36 percent of respondents to the live telephone survey had a favorable or very favorable view of Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, 30.4 percent said they didn't know enough to answer or wouldn't answer.

Veterans to McCain: Dump Trump
Veterans from various organizations dropped a petition at his office

Arizona Sen. John McCain has come under pressure from some veterans to rescind his endorsement of Donald Trump. (Daniel A. Anderson/For CQ Roll Call file photo)

Various veterans groups stopped by Sen. John McCain's office Thursday to drop off a petition urging him to rescind his endorsement of Donald Trump.   

The group of veterans supported by MoveOn.org and Common Defense delivered the petition with what they said was more than 100,000 signatures to encourage McCain to take back his support of his party's presidential nominee.  

Kirkpatrick Endorses Term Limits in New Ad
Arizona Democrat criticizes John McCain for prolonged Senate tenure

Ann Kirkpatrick has said senators should only serve two terms while House members should only serve three. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Arizona Senate candidate Ann Kirkpatrick released a new ad that endorses term limits and attacks her likely Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, for being in Washington for too long.  

The ad  opens with photos of the Democratic congresswoman's family with Kirkpatrick  saying her father was a Democrat who ran a country story and her mother a Republican school teacher.