Kirkpatrick Considering Challenge to McSally

Forms exploratory committee after moving into the district

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., has formed an exploratory committee to challenge Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is considering running against Republican Rep. Martha McSally in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District.


Kirkpatrick, lost her challenge to Sen. John McCain last year, recently moved to Tucson, which is in the district, the Arizona Daily Star reported.


She said she has launched an exploratory committee and plans to tour the entire district.


However, Kirkpatrick would face a crowded Democratic primary, with eight Democrats either having announced or are considering a run. 


The district was one of 23 with a Republican representative that voted for Hillary Clinton, according to an analysis by the Daily Kos.


Earlier this year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee listed McSally's district as one of the districts it would target.


Kirkpatrick represented the 1st District from 2009 to 2011 and again from 2013 until she opted to run against McCain.


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