2022 Midterm Elections: Key Races in Arizona, Mark Kelly, Blake Masters, Kari Lake, Katie Hobbs

PHOENIX — Arizonans head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots in congressional, state and several downvotes.

The election will determine who controls the border state, which President Joe Biden narrowly overthrew in 2020.

Polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. ET.

State significance

Arizona’s swing state status makes it one of the battlegrounds for U.S. Senate control this cycle.

The Republican Party is trying to flip the seat held by incumbent Senator Mark Kelly. Kelly, elected in a special election in 2020 to complete the remainder of the late Senator John McCain’s term, faces Republican venture capitalist Blake Masters in the general election. Masters was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and repeated some of Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.

FiveThirtyEight polling averages show Kelly has an advantage in the race, which hinges on border issues, inflation, extremism and access to abortion.

In the race for state governor, Republican Kari Lake and Democrat Katie Hobbs are battling for the seat vacated by Governor Doug Ducey. Lake, once a Democrat but now a Trump loyalist, has been one of the most outspoken Holocaust deniers this cycle — elevating him to national stardom among some GOP members.

In a recent interview with “This Week,” Lake wouldn’t explicitly commit to accepting the results of his own race. Lake also suggested that if she won the race, early voting could become restricted in Arizona. Hobbs told “This Week” she thinks Lake will spread lies about the 2022 election if she loses the race.

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