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President Trump on Tuesday approved two Republican senators locked in tight races: North Carolina sen. Thom Tillis and Arizona Sen. Martha McSally.
Trump announced its endorsements in separate tweets on Tuesday. He first announced his support for McSally, to fly the first female fighter pilot, in combat, in one of the hotly contested Senate race for the 2020 election.
“A brave former jet pilot and warrior, Senator Martha McSally of Arizona has done an excellent job in DC, and supports our agenda – she is with us all the way,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Martha is strong on crime and borders, 2. Change, and loves the military and veterans. She has my Complete and Total endorsement!”
The Arizona Republican, he served 26 years in the Air Force, was a senator in the state since last December.
McSally has defeated Kyrsten Sinema in the year Democrat of the 2018 Senate election by two percentage points. Interim sen. Jon Kyl, then announced he would resign as Arizona’s other senator and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey McSally chose to replace Kyl.
McSally has welcomed US President Donald Trump during a “Make America Great” – rally in Mesa, Arizona on October 19, 2018.
(NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Later Tuesday, Trump tweeted his support for Tillis, offers an important political capital for the first-term Republican senator already facing a primary challenge for his re-election next year in the closely divided state.
“Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina has tweeted really stepping up to the plate,” Trump. “Thom is tough on crime, Strong on the border, and is fighting hard against Illegal immigration. He loves our military, our vets, and our Second major Change. I’ll give Thom my Full and Total support!”
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Trump announced the support in spite of the fact that Tillis has made the criticism of members of the state GOP base, the question of whether he has given full support for the President.
Retired investment company executive Garland Tucker jumped in the primary last month and Tillis has to Trump’s initial opposition to the emergency Declaration for a wall on the Southern border a campaign issue.
Tillis later, support for the emergency Declaration was reversed.
The senator also co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would have prevented Trump’s special counsel, Robert Müller to fire.
Lately Tillis, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the more public support for the President, even posting a video that shows his support of Trump, the court nominations.
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The President won North Carolina by 2016, nearly four percentage points.
President Donald Trump, left, listens as Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N. C., right, speaks during a meeting with Republican senators on immigration in the Roosevelt room in the White house, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The primary is in March.
At least four Democrats, including three current or former state legislator and county Commissioner, ran against her Republican Challenger.
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Former state Sen., Cal Cunningham, who ran for U.S. Senate in 2010, and ex-sen. Eric Mansfield, who ran for lieutenant governor in 2012, were among those entering planned the race.
Fox News, Gregg Re, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.