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Gov. Ducey: I endorsed Sen. McSally when I appointed her and that endorsement stands

Election 2018 Senate Martha McSally Arizona
Posted at 9:54 AM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 12:54:00-04

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey says his endorsement of Senator Martha McSally "still stands" in the 2020 Senate race.

On Wednesday, Arizona businessman Daniel McCarthy announced he would be running in the Republican primary against Senator McSally.

Ducey recently had a meeting planned with McCarthy, but it was abruptly canceled.

Ducey said at an event Thursday that the purpose of the meeting was so that he could get to know McCarthy.

"He’s someone I’ve never met. Or I don’t know, I should say," Ducey said. "And his name was continually coming up. I wanted to get to know him. And the meeting was canceled."

When asked if he was going to ask McCarthy not to run in the 2020 Senate race during the meeting, Ducey replied, "No, I was not."

However, Ducey shot down the idea of meeting McCarthy before deciding to endorse McSally in the race.

"I endorsed Senator McSally when I appointed her to the United States Senate and that endorsement stands."