McSALLY MAKES IT OFFICIAL: 1st To Sign and File For 2020 Senate Special Election


Arizona’s appointed Senator-To-Be Martha McSally made it official last night when she signed and filed her Statement of Candidacy to retain her seat in the Senate in the 2020 Special Election.

It is not uncommon for Members of Congress (including Senators) to file their Statement of Candidacy shortly after the just-passed election, because it allows them to continue to accept contributions from individuals, PACs, etc. In fact, Sen.-Elect Kyrsten Sinema filed her 2024 Statement of Candidacy on November 19, one week after McSally conceded the election to replace Sen. Jeff Flake.

Nearly half of Arizona’s new delegation in the House of Representatives have also filed their statements to seek re-election in 2020. Perhaps more notable are a couple of the Representatives who have NOT yet filed – Ruben Gallego (D-CD7) has expressed interest in running for the Democratic nomination in the Senatorial Special Election, and Paul Gosar (R-CD4) had been interested in running to replace Flake. Less likely: Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD2) previously ran against the late Sen. John McCain (2016), and Andy Biggs (R-CD5) and David Schweikert (R-CD6).

(Four challengers have already filed for various House seats, with the best-known of those being Dave Giles (R) in CD9.*)

McSally will enter the Senate with more than $1M already in her re-election war chest. Arizona’s Politics reported on her latest campaign finance filing earlier this month. (“McSally Locked, Loaded and Ready For 2020 Run – Well, Definitely Loaded“)

Arizona’s Politics previously reported on the lawsuit to attempt to force Governor Doug Ducey to hold the Special Election for McCain’s seat this year, by declaring Arizona’s replacement law unconstitutional. An Amended Complaint was filed last week, and is pending response.

Here is the link to read the McSally Statement of Candidacy.

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  1. Other Democrats rumored to be considering a 2020 Senate run are former astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former CD 8 Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and Grant Woods, former Republican AG, and Chief of Staff for the late U.S. Senator John McCain.