U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., waits to speak at a rally, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Phoenix. McSally announced Friday that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jeff Flake. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Republican embraces Trump in high-profile Senate bid

January 13, 2018 - 1:08 am

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally wants Arizona to know she supports Donald Trump.

The Republican congresswoman voted with the Republican president nearly 97 percent of the time. She says young immigrants shouldn't be shielded from deportation unless Democrats agree to build Trump's border wall. She doesn't even mind if the president described Haiti and some African nations in vulgar language earlier in the week.

Not long ago, McSally refused to endorse Trump's presidential campaign and refuses even now to say whether she voted for him.

But as she fights to win a U.S. Senate seat in one of 2018's premier battlegrounds, the 51-year-old former fighter pilot is betting big that she needs Trump's most passionate supporters on her side if she's to protect Arizona's Senate seat from slipping into Democrats' hands.

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