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Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick announces 2016 Senate run

PHOENIX — U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., announced Tuesday she will run for Senate in 2016.

“I’d be humbled to represent our state in the United States Senate,” she said in a release.

Kirkpatrick represents Arizona’s 1st District.

Kirkpatrick will likely face long-time incumbent Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. In her announcement video above, Kirkpatrick said she respects the senator’s tenure.

McCain may be challenged in the Republican race by Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City.

Kirkpatrick beat former Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin last year in a tight race. Hers was one of three seats heavily targeted by Republicans.

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