Democrat Mark Kelly follows generic Republican in Arizona Senate race

Vulnerable Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) is trailing a generic Republican in the Arizona Senate race, according to an OHPredictive Insights poll released last week.

The poll showed that 39% of Arizona’s 753 registered voters who responded to the poll would rather have a generic Republican as their next senator than re-elect Kelly, which was determined by their answers who they would vote for if the election were held. today. .”

Thirty-seven percent said they would vote to re-elect Kelly. Twenty-four percent said they weren’t sure who they wanted to represent in the Senate next year.

The OHPredictive Insights poll surveyed 753 registered Arizona voters between March 8 and March 15. The survey was an online opt-in panel with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6%.

Kelly’s re-election battle will be a must race on election night in November. The three main sites that analyze elections and campaigns across the country – Cook Political Report, Sabato’s Crystal Ball and Inside Elections – called this race a “toss-up”, meaning it could go either way. .

The former astronaut has a slate of Republicans trying to run against him after running through the Aug. 2 primary. But as Breitbart News wrote last week, the issue of election integrity would likely be a topic for candidates. Gov. Doug Ducey (right), Sen. Mitch McConnell’s preferred candidate, recently ruled out running against Kelly. Yet he also came under fire from former President Donald Trump after the 2020 election as Arizona’s election results were called into question.

However, Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) has also come under fire from Trump in the past for not doing more to investigate possible ballot fraud in Maricopa County. But it was a high-profile case with the US Supreme Court, which upheld the ban on harvesting ballots. Another leading Republican candidate is Blake Masters, a venture capitalist who has the backing of Peter Thiel.

Blake Masters (Thiel Scholarship)

But since taking office, Kelly has found himself in the midst of multiple problems. Earlier this year, he embraced his party’s far left by showing his support for changing the filibuster rule – the 60-vote threshold for pushing legislation forward – in the Senate to help push it through. two suffrage reform bills. He wanted to replace him with a “talking buccaneer”.

Then Kelly, who took in $8.9 million, according to his latest financial report, figured out a way to accept the corporate campaign money without going back on his word after he swore to accept the aid. corporate PAC money. Kelly reportedly received more than $55,000 in contributions in the last fundraising quarter of 2021 from the “corporate trade group PACs and Senate leadership committees of several of his fellow Democrats.”

In 2021, he was also criticized by Arizona Republican Party Chairman Kelli Ward, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and the Republican National Senate Committee (NRSC) for being “missing in action” and for the lack of leadership of the first year student. member has in the Senate. They argued that he had reneged on his promise to be “independent” of both political parties in the Senate.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter.


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