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February 14, 2016

Martha McSally Files Paperwork for Rematch (Updated) #AZ02

McSally wants to run for Congress again. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 3:19 p.m. | Ret. Air Force Colonel Martha McSally filed federal paperwork on Monday to once again challenge Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in Arizona’s 2nd District.

Republicans view the seat as one of their best pickup opportunities this cycle, as Barber is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents of 2014.

Barber defeated McSally, a Republican, by less than 1 point in 2012 in a district that Mitt Romney won with 50 percent. Speculation over whether McSally would want a rematch began almost immediately after election officials declared Barber the winner.

CQ Roll Call reported in April that McSally was leaning toward another round with Barber. Prior to running for Congress, Barber served as a top aide to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was seriously injured in a shooting spree that ended the congresswoman’s career.

Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this race a pure Toss-Up.

Update | “I’ve received very positive encouragement to run again from the Southern Arizona community and am considering exploring a candidacy, although I have not made a final decision,” McSally said in a written statement. “Right now we are all praying for the victims of the fire raging in Arizona. In the weeks ahead, I’ll be making some decisions about running in 2014.”

  • RocketRicochetGirl

    Go McSally Go! !! Besides being a Colonel Sanders look-alike, Ron Barber is just a place-holder, a do-nothing wonk — got where he is on the sympathy vote. McSally is smarter, well-grounded, and much more charismatic. In other words, she’s really who we need representing us here in Arizona. (Yeah, I’m a fan)

  • AZ_Langer

    I believe we need more and better choices, people who have a real connection to the area without being in the pockets of the money men.

  • Tim Conway

    That’s funny. Colonel McSally v Colonel Sanders… LOL

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