Sen. Martha McSally had incurred weeks of unchecked attacks from Democratic groups, and the Arizona Republican’s allies are pleading for help.
Since early September, Advancing Arizona has targeted McSally with a barrage of advertising as part of a $1.4 million television buy from the so-called dark money group that runs through late November. Need to Impeach, a super PAC, is chipping in an additional $134,000 in cable and digital attacks as Democrats in the House of Representatives accelerate an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Republican groups have been silent, even though the most recent poll showed her behind Democratic challenger Mark Kelly.
That includes the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the party’s Senate campaign arm, Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC affiliated with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and outside groups that in years past were reliable GOP partners. Republican insiders close to McSally are warning that the absence of air cover from the party and affiliated groups is putting the seat at risk.