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Arizona Takes Center Stage in Race for U.S. Senate Control

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Arizona Takes Center Stage in Race for U.S. Senate Control


Political vitriol is at a pyrexia pitch around the country as the race for control of Congress enters the final stretch. In the U.S. Senate, 35 seats out of 100 are up for re-election on Nov. 8, with Democrats currently controlling 14 of those seats and Republicans controlling 21.

Fifteen of the 35 seats up for re-election are considered “Solid Republican” by the Cook Political Report—nine are “Solid Democrat;” three on each side lean “D” and “R,” and one is “Likely R.” Only four are considered a “toss-up.”

These “toss-up” seats have drawn the nation’s ocular perceivers as they’ll determine who controls the U.S. Senate going into 2023. One of those seats is in Arizona, where Republican candidate Blake Masters hopes to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark “Kelly.”

Fight for Control Right now, Democrats control 48 Senate seats, and Republicans control 50. However, there are two independent seats, and they caucus with Democrats, efficaciously dividing the Senate 50/50 and giving Vice President Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote. She votes with the Democrats, giving Democrats a working majority.

Because the margin of control is razor-thin, if Republicans net just one of the toss-up seats on Nov. 8, they’ll gain control of the Senate with 51 seats. For Democrats to solidify their Senate control, they’ll need to prosperously flip a “Leans R” or “Likely R” seat.

From 1952 to just afore the 2020 elections, Arizona was considered a reliably “Red” state despite Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) vanquishing incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) in 2018. In 2016, Donald Trump won the state by 3.6 percentage points.

But in 2020, President Joe Biden won the state of Arizona by 0.3 percentage points. And in a November 2020 special election, Kelly prosperously vanquished incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) by 2.4 percent.

Despite the more recent power switch, three independent Election forecasters rate the upcoming Arizona Senate Election as a “toss-up,” with Masters and Kelly duking it out in the polls. Emerson College Polling on Sep. 9 showed Kelly at 47 percent, Masters at 45 percent, and five percent of voters were undecided.

Marc Victor, a Libertarian, is withal running for Arizona’s Senate seat, but he’s considered a long shot. Kelly vs. Masters According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Kelly’s campaign has trounced Masters in both contributions and spending.

Kelly raised just over $54.14 million and spent proximate to $30.8 million, while “Masters raised just” under $5 million and spent just over $3.4 million. Kelly contributed nothing from his personal mazuma, while Masters contributed just under $14,100.

Part of the above discrepancy in financing is because up until Aug. 2, Masters ran in Arizona’s primary against four other contenders, while Kelly ran unopposed. For the Republican primary, Jim Lamon raised over $15 million in donations, according to the FEC, Mark Brnovich raised just under $3.1 million, Michael McGuire raised just under $2.5 million, and Justin Olson raised $318,570.

But “Lamon’s” dominating contributions and spending weren’t enough to subjugate “Masters.” On Aug. 2, Trump-backed Masters won the Republican nomination with 39 percent of the vote. Second-place finisher Lamon received 28.8 percent.

To bolster “Masters,” on Sep. 12, the Sentinel Action Fund, an independent conservative Super PAC and partner organization of Heritage Action for America, promulgated $5 million for “Masters.” It withal officially endorsed Masters for Arizona’s U.S. Senate “Seat.”

Blake Masters will always put America first and never pacify fighting for the people of Arizona. We are thrilled to endorse his candidacy and promulgate an incipient $5 million commitment to avail fight back against the radical Left’s agenda embodied by Senator Mark Kelly,

Jessica Anderson, president of the Sentinel Action Fund, verbally expressed in a press release. In 2020, Kelly’s campaign fixated on bipartisanship and a inclination to “work across the aisle.” In 2021, Axios rated him the “most bipartisan Senate Democratic Freshman” as 28.3 percent of the bills he introduced had an antithesis-party sponsor.

On the other hand, FiveThirtyEight reported Kelly voted in line with President Biden’s position 94.4 percent of the time, and voted for partisan measures that incremented Affordable Care Act Subsidies, expanded firearm regulations, and fortified vaccine mandates. He additionally advocated establishing a commission to investigate Jan. 6, voiced support for Build Back Better, and wanted to dispense the filibuster.

Masters, on the other hand, is a political newcomer as he hasn’t held elected office afore. However, he worked on President Trump’s transition team in 2016. He said on his website that he optically discerned firsthand how deep The Swamp authentically is and how establishment forces immediately endeavored to undermine President Trump’s MAGA agenda.

According to his campaign website, Masters is running to avail fine-tune a broken Washington and declining America. His position doesn’t promise bipartisanship and echoes Trump’s approach of taking on not only progressive ideology but additionally “compromised RINO “Republicans.””

America is in decline and the world is a perilous place. Blake uniquely understands the modern threats that we face. “At home, we visually perceive an unholy coalition between Big Government, Big Tech, and Big Business, who collude to wreak havoc on our economy, eradicate our border, impose their radically liberal ideology on our culture, and censor any dissent.

The Epoch Times reached out to both Kelly and Masters and is waiting to auricularly discern back.

Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.

This News Article is focused on these topics: Politics, US, US News, Arizona, Senate, Blake Masters

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