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Martha McSally likely to announce Senate run on Friday
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Martha McSally likely to announce Senate run on Friday

It looks like Rep. Martha McSally has acquired a new political target — Jeff Flake's Senate seat. 

Campaign staff for the Tucson Republican and former fighter pilot has set up a number of "special announcements" on Friday. It includes two that are outside of her Congressional District, one in Prescott and another in Phoenix.

A spokeswoman refused to discuss the announcement, but all signs point to the launch of her Senate campaign.

McSally has shied away from discussing her plans for the last two months, despite Rep. David Schweikert, a Republican colleague in Congressional District 6,  telling reporters that the retired Air Force colonel said she was planning to enter the race.

The campaign has repeatedly had to sidesteped the issue, with McSally telling a Fox News host Neil Cavuto in early November that her plan to run for Senate “is not announced yet," and telling reporters at an official event that ethic rules prevented her from answering direct questions about her campaign plans.

Just before Christmas, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the Washington Examiner that McSally as one of his top recruits for the Senate in 2018.

If McSally announces on Friday, she will face several candidates in a GOP primary, including former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who on Tuesday announced his candidacy for the post through Twitter.

The presumed front-runner has been Republican Kelli Ward, a well-known conservative candidate best known for challenging Sen. John McCain in 2016.

Ward has been campaigning for the better part of a year, criss-crossing the state to discuss her platform.

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Joe has been with the Star for six years. He covers politics as well as the city of Tucson and other municipalities in Southern Arizona. He graduated from the UA and previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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