The Statement of Candidacy does not bind McSally to a campaign, of course. Nor does it indicate that she is assuming that she will be running for re-election - it is possible that she would be runnng as a challenger.
However, it does permit McSally to raise money for both her 2014 recount and a possible 2016 race. (For example, if someone wanted to hand her a $7,800 check right now, she could accept it and divide it up between the 2014 general(recount), and the 2016 primary and general.)
This is not uncommon for already-elected offcials - Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) already filed, and most of the other Representatives will do so within the next month. In fact, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake filed theirs - for 2016 and 2018 - back in 2012 and January 2013, respectively.
(Arizona election law attorney Paul Weich contributed this article.)
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