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EXCLUSIVE – As part of her 2022 mission to help fellow Republicans win back House and Senate majorities in midterm elections, former Ambassador Nikki Haley puts its sites on the Senate race in Washington State.
Haley, a former two-term governor of South Carolina who served as ambassador to the United Nations during the administration of former President Donald Trump, on Tuesday endorsed Republican Tiffany Smiley, wife of military, nurse, veterans’ rights advocate fighters and the first Republican candidate running to defeat longtime Democratic Senator Patty Murray.
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“Tiffany is a nurse, military wife, veterans advocate and fighter who faced DC bureaucracy and won. Most importantly, she is a mother who knows that raising our children is the key to America’s success,” Haley said in a statement shared first. with Fox News.
And Haley pointed out that “unlike Patty Murray, Tiffany is an outsider who will bring bold new leadership to Washington. She won’t back down from a fight and we need her to shake up DC.”
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Haley, through the efforts of her Stand For America PAC, has been criss-crossing the country during the 2022 cycle to help support and fundraise for fellow Republican candidates running for office.
Smiley came to national attention after her husband, an army officer, was permanently blinded in an attack in Iraq more than a decade and a half ago. She told Fox News last year that her efforts on her husband’s behalf “opened my eyes to the failure of the federal government to protect and support our men and women in uniform.”
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Her push for reforms landed her on national television and helped push the Trump administration and Congress to pass reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Former President Donald Trump signed a bill in 2017 that gave VA leaders more power to fire failing employees and protect those who discover agency wrongdoing.
Republicans need a single-seat net gain midterm to claw back the Senate majority they lost when Democrats won the January 2021 Senate election runoff in Georgia. While defending 20 of the 33 seats up for grabs in November, the GOP is targeting four first-term Democratic senators up for reelection in the battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire. But they also see the potential to turn a blue seat into red in both Washington state and Colorado. And Haley’s endorsement is seen as another sign of Republican optimism that they have a chance of defeating Murray.
“I am honored to receive the support of Ambassador Haley, a woman who has proven time and time again to be a strong leader and a staunch defender of American values both at home and abroad,” Smiley said. in a press release.
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She asserted that “from Afghanistan to the horrors we see in Ukraine, the weak leadership of President Biden and Patty Murray has emboldened our enemies. Now, more than ever, our country needs strong leaders who will defend our American freedoms. while projecting their strength abroad”. the support of people like Ambassador Haley behind me is exactly what I intend to do when I go to Washington as the next U.S. Senator.”
Murray, who was first elected to the Senate in 1992, won re-election in 2016 by 18 points in reliable blue Washington. The outgoing senator has built up a formidable war chest and had nearly 7 million dollars in her campaign coffers at the end of September.
But Smiley reported last week that it raised $1.65 million in its first fundraising quarter from January to March, from 24,000 individual donations, with $2.65 million in cash in its coffers. campaign at the end of March.
While last year’s polls indicated Murray had a double-digit lead over Smiley in hypothetical matchups, the most recent survey indicated the senator’s lead was narrowing in the upper numbers.
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Smiley, who currently has no opposition in the GOP Senate nomination race in Washington state, was also endorsed by Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Rick Scott of Florida, the chairman of the Republican National Senate Committee.
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