McSally brings Senate campaign to Safford

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally speaks to Republican Party faithfull gathered at Safford Airport on Monday morning. McSally spent Sunday and Monday criss-crossing the state in a final campaign push before Tuesday's election. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — Barnstorming across the state, U.S. Sen. Martha McSally touched down in Safford for a brief campaign stop Monday morning at Safford Airport.

The Republican McSally spoke to a partisan crowd of more than 100 in a Ponderosa Aviation hanger.

Dog in tow, U.S. Sen Martha McSally exits the plane carrying her on a cmpaign barnstorming tour of the state Monday at Safford Airport. – David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

“It’s on the knife’s edge right now. Arizona will determine the direction of the country, with President Trump, and my race will determine the Senate majority,” McSally said.

“At this point, it’s not about me, it’s about them; it’s about the voters. What kind of country do they want to live in?” she continued. “If they want to rebuild our economy, get going strong, provide opportunities for everybody to meet their God-given potential, keep our communities safe, keep our country safe, then I’m your girl.”

She was joined in her trip around the state by state Treasurer Kimberly Yee and Kelli Ward, chair of the Arizona Republican Party. She was joined in Safford by state Sen. David Gowan and state Rep. Becky Nutt.

She started Monday in Flagstaff before traveling to Safford, followed by Phoenix, Kingman, and finishing the two days of criss-crossing the state in Prescott.

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally autographs a campaign sign for a supporter following McSally’s speech at Safford Airport on Monday. McSally faces former astronaut Mark Kelly in Tuesday’s election. – David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

On Sunday she visited Tucson, Sierra Vista, Casa Grande, Payson and Show Low, and was joined by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. She finished the day in Yuma, joining a rally held by Donald Trump Jr.

McSally, who previous served in Congress, lost her bid for a Senate seat in 2018 to Kyrsten Sinema. However, she was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2019 to fill the seat vacated by the death of John McCain, and this election will be for the final two years of McCain’s term.

McSally is facing Democrat Mark Kelly in Tuesday’s election. FiveThiryEight, which averages a number of polls, shows Kelly leading McSally by 4.5 points as of Monday.