Yesterday, we reported that Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Phoenix) was responding to retired astronaut Mark Kelly’s Senate announcement by saying he is still considering entering. Now a congressional ally comes to his aide, suggesting that Mr. Gallego is indeed already working behind the scenes. Fellow Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Tucson) sent out an endorsement letter for Gallego yesterday, just days after Mr. Kelly announced and while Rep. Gallego was saying he will disclose his plans in several weeks. The Grijalva move suggests that Rep. Gallego will become a candidate.
On the heels of Mr. Kelly’s formal announcement, OH Predictive Insights conducted a flash poll of the state’s electorate (2/11-13; 600 AZ likely voters) and found appointed Sen. Martha McSally (R) leading Mr. Kelly, 44-42%. Clearly a close November 2020 race is expected.
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