Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has appointed pro-life Congresswoman Martha McSally to replace outgoing Senator Jon Kyl, who himself replaced the late Senator John McCain after his passing.
Like Kyl, McSally is strongly pro-life but she lost to abortion activist and Democratic congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema in the midterm election. Following a hotly contested race where both candidates lead in differing polls, Sinema — Arizona’s 9th Congressional District representative (who supports abortion up to birth) — defeated Republican congresswoman Martha McSally after nearly a week following Election Day.
McSally originally led in the vote count. However, Sinema was able to rack up mail-in votes following Election, eventually surpassing her Republican opponent.
“Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate,” Ducey, a Republican, said in a statement published by the Arizona Capitol Times. “I thank her for taking on this significant responsibility and look forward to working with her and Senator-Elect Sinema to get positive things done.”
She received the appointment to McCain’s seat on a permanent basis, to take effect after Kyl departs the Senate on December 31. McSally will immediately have to stand for election in a 2020 special election to determine who serves out the final two years of the six-year term McCain won in 2016, meaning she would almost immediately mount a campaign after taking office in 2019. If successful, she’ll have to turn around and run for re-election in 2022.
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During the election, pro-life groups stood with McSally.
Cathi Herrod, President of CAP Action said at the time, “Pro-life Arizonans deserve better – and will make the difference by voting for the candidate with the proven pro-life record, Martha McSally.”
SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said, “Martha McSally of Arizona fought to keep Americans safe in the Air Force, and she’ll fight for her constituents in the U.S. Senate…. As the first female combat pilot in our military, McSally will hardly be intimidated by the complaints of the abortion lobby.”