McSally doubles down on Trump in GOP primary

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In April 2017, McSally co-sponsored legislation that would provide legal status to some children of undocumented immigrants, but after deciding to run for Senate in Arizona, she asked that she be removed as a co-sponsor last month. (Source: The Associated In April 2017, McSally co-sponsored legislation that would provide legal status to some children of undocumented immigrants, but after deciding to run for Senate in Arizona, she asked that she be removed as a co-sponsor last month. (Source: The Associated
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When then-candidate Donald Trump was running for office, it seemed Congresswoman Martha McSally couldn’t stand the New York businessman.

She didn't endorse him (her campaign notes that McSally doesn't endorse candidates), and may not have voted for Trump in the 2016 election.

After the now infamous "Access Hollywood" tapes were released in October 2016, McSally tweeted, "Trump's comments are disgusting. Joking about sexual assault is unacceptable. I'm appalled."

Fast forward two years, McSally is now running for the Senate and allying herself with the president, who remains very popular among Republicans.

Far from being appalled by the president these days, she recently told  Arizona Republic's editorial board, "Look, he was not elected to be the Pope." 

She has become one of Trump's most reliable voters in Congress.

[RELATED: Meet Arizona's candidates for US Senate: Martha McSally]

According to the website FiveThirtyEight, McSally votes with the president nearly 98 percent of the time.

Since the former combat pilot announced her campaign in an airplane hangar earlier this year, McSally's pivot toward Trump has come along with a major shift in her views to more reflect those of the president.

[RELATED: McSally launches Senate campaign in heated Arizona contest]

[READ MORE: McSally embraces Trump in Arizona Senate bid]

The biggest example came when asked that her name be taken off a bill that she co-sponsored, providing legal status for young immigrants who were brought here illegally as children.

The Recognizing America’s Children Act would allow certain immigrants the opportunity to apply for conditional permanent status.

[RELATED: GOP Senate candidate Martha McSally's office removes video of her praising DACA]

The question for McSally heading into the Aug. 28 election is this: Will Republican primary voters see her as a legit supporter of the president and his policies?

And should she win that primary, will her support of the president hurt her in the general election?

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