McConnell appears to be standing by the senator, noting that it is only May and the election has not yet succeeded, people familiar with the meeting said.
A White House spokesman declined to comment, as did a Trump re-election spokesman.
A McConnell spokesman said: “Leader McConnell fully supports Senator McSally and believes she is on her way to victory in November.”
Trump’s very status in the country was also the subject of discussion.
The discussion comes amid growing Republican concerns about Arizona. Numerous recent polls have shown that Trump lost to Joe Biden in the state, which Democrats did not win in the 1
The Senate race is a particularly problematic place. As Senate Republicans try to defend their majority, McSally has become one of the party’s most vulnerable members. A survey published this week found that McSally was 13 points behind Kelly.
McSally is also targeting the last six months of the campaign with significantly unfavorable fundraising. By the end of March, Kelly had surpassed McSally by $ 31 million to $ 18 million. Kelly, who is the husband of the former Rep. Gabriel Giffords is the best-funded Senate candidate in the country.
The race is at the center of democratic hopes of gaining control of the Senate. Along with Colorado, Democrats see Arizona as their best opportunity to turn a place held by the GOP.
Republicans have made the defense of McSally, a former congresswoman and former Air Force fighter pilot, a top priority. The National Republican Senator Committee has reserved $ 5.7 million for television advertising in the state. Defend Arizona, a super PAC aligned with the National Party, is expected to spend $ 9.2 million.
“The fact is that Arizona is a battleground for both the presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns,” said McSally campaign manager Dylan Lefler. “We are confident that the Republican Party is fully invested in keeping Arizona in the red in November, because control of the White House and the Senate depends on it.”
After Trump won Arizona by less than 4 percentage points in 2016, Republicans in the state say the president will have to take him seriously this year. They note that in recent years the state has grown more liberally, as in 2018 four public services are focused on the Democrats. That same year, McSally lost to Democrat Kirsten Cinema. She was later appointed to replace the late John McCain.
Trump’s advisers are projecting confidence in the president’s prospects for the state of the battlefield. Councilors noted during Thursday’s meeting that while McSally lost in 2018, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey won re-election.
But other Republicans are concerned. According to them, Biden will be a tougher opponent than Hillary Clinton was in 2016. They are also worried that Trump’s problems in the suburbs may be costly.
“Trump is his worst enemy with swinging areas,” said Chuck Kuglin, who was a senior adviser to former Arizona Republican Ian Brewer. “His best shot with these voters is to make his opponent less attractive than him. It will be harder for him to do it with Biden. But he will try.”
Arizona is one of two traditionally conservative states that Democrats are trying to play. They also plan to run in Georgia, which Democrats have not won in the 1992 presidential election. Trump won the country by 5 percentage points in 2016, although recent polls show a tough race.
Democrats say competition in the red states will pave the way for Biden to reach the threshold of the 270 vote. г.
A poll released earlier this month found Biden leading Arizona by 7 percentage points, although Trump’s advisers insist his numbers in the state are more favorable.