Of course, McSally herself took two tries to gain the hotly-contested, "swing" district in southern Arizona. The incumbent that she defeated in 2014 - Ron Barber - is now leading an effort to draft Ann Kirkpatrick (another former Representative) to lead the Democratic charge next year.
Heinz raised (and spent) nearly $1.6M in the 2016 campaign. McSally currently has $631,000 stashed in the bank for the 2018 campaign. And, of course, it is almost guaranteed that outside groups will once again spend heavily on both sides in this toss-up district.
Here is Heinz's announcement email:
|Mitch – first, I wanted to say thank you.|
Last year, your support made it possible for me to take on Martha McSally. Even though we didn't get the outcome we had hoped for, I was honored to have you by my side every step of the way.
Which is why I wanted you to be the first to know that I’m running again to defeat Martha McSally in 2018.
But I can’t do this without you. We need to show Martha McSally that we’re in it to win, so I’m hoping we can get 100 founding members to join my campaign in the next 24 hours.
Take a minute to watch why I’m running and then will you please chip in $5 or more right now to get my campaign off the ground?
This race is winnable in 2018, but only if I have the same support and buy-in from you that I did last year. With a grassroots movement behind me, I’m more confident than ever that we can turn the tide next year.
Let’s do this together. Please become a founding member of my 2018 campaign by contributing any amount now. >>
Thanks in advance,
Dr. Matt Heinz
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