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Planned Parenthood planning to spend millions against McSally in 2020

By: - October 10, 2019 4:20 pm

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz, gestures to President Donald Trump during a rally for her U.S. Senate campaign at the International Air Response facility on Oct. 19, 2018 in Mesa. Photo by Ralph Freso | Getty Images

Planned Parenthood’s super PAC this week announced it was launching a $45 million campaign in 2020 battleground states that will direct several million dollars to Arizona with the goal of defeating Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally.

The primary goal of the campaign from Planned Parenthood Votes is to flip control of the U.S. Senate from Republican control, and Planned Parenthood Arizona spokeswoman Tayler Tucker said defeating McSally is a critical part of doing so. 

“Flipping the Senate is so key for our particular fight right now,” she said.

Tucker said Planned Parenthood Votes directed about $2 million to Arizona for the 2018 elections, almost all of which was spent to help Democratic Senate nominee Kyrsten Sinema defeat McSally. She said more than that will be spent against McSally in 2020, but it wasn’t yet clear how much more.

Tucker said McSally, who was appointed to the Senate to fill the seat once held by the late John McCain, has voted against women’s health care by voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. McSally also has been silent on the Trump administration’s “gag rule” regarding abortion referrals for recipients of federal funding, Tucker said.

“All of the polling is showing that more and more Arizonans don’t want to support candidates who aren’t for health care access,” Tucker said.

McSally is facing two Republican primary challengers, though neither appears to pose a serious threat to her candidacy. She is expected to face Democrat Mark Kelly, the husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Planned Parenthood’s advocacy and political organization is aimed at funding large-scale grassroots organizing programs and targeted canvass, digital, television, radio and mail programs and is expected to reach at least 5 million voters nationwide. Other states included in the $45 million campaign are: Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Organizers will work to mobilize communities they say have been disproportionately targeted by the Trump administration’s policies, including black, Latino, LGBTQ, youth and low wage-earning voters.

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Jim Small
Jim Small

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.