ARRIZONA — The fight for control of the United States Senate may have hinged on just one contest, in an Arizona battle between Democrat Mark Kelly and Republican Blake Masters.
The Senate is split 50-50, with Democrats relying on Vice President Kamala Harris for tie-breaking votes.
A slew of elections will be decisive for the Senate in the major states and they are becoming more competitive for November 8, Election Day.
Of the 34 seats in the midterm elections, these are the ones that can determine control of the Senate: Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, Florida, Colorado, and Arizona.
The candidates expressed their positions regarding the contentious issue, women’s rights and how the recent legislation has affected Arizona.
In Arizona, according to a CNBC report, polls show Arizona Democratic Senator Mark Kelly is set to face a challenge from Republican Blake Masters, who has backed billionaire political activist Peter Thiel.
Kelly is seeking to win a full term after winning the seat from the late Senator John McCain in 2018. While Masters, backed by former President Donald Trump, has campaigned on baseless claims that Trump lost due to voter fraud and hopes to win with messages. About rising prices due to inflation and border protection.
Democrats have emphasized the threat to democracy during their campaign from Republicans who deny election results and seek out female voters upset by Arizona’s loss of abortion rights.
The candidates discussed how the new increase in interest rates would affect Americans’ credit.
Kelly, former astronaut and husband of retired Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, has called Masters a dangerous fanatic. Kelly surpassed Masters in raising funds: Kelly’s campaign raised more than $79 million in November, while the Masters campaign at the end of the same month had nearly $12 million, according to data compiled by OpenSecrets.