Liberal Mark Kelly and risky Blake Masters: The critical Senate vote in Arizona is heating up.

Arizona’s CHANDLER Blake Masters’ conversation with Donald Trump helped him win the Republican nomination for Arizona’s coveted Senate seat in a race that was extremely tough.

Now, two years after Trump became the first Republican presidential nominee to lose the state of Arizona in 24 years, his effort to oust Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly this fall will test whether the Trump wing is powerful enough to repaint Arizona red.

Masters’ goal is to associate Kelly with an unpopular President Joe Biden and undermine his reputation as a moderate, despite the fact that Kelly’s campaign has branded him as a risky and fringe candidate. In contrast to Kelly, who campaigned unopposed for his party’s re-nomination and ended June with $25 million in cash on hand, Hell needs to bring together a party split apart by a brutal primary.

He is, in my opinion, the worst senator. At his election night party in this Phoenix suburb, Masters warned voters that Mark Kelly runs as a moderate but votes like an extremist. We are tired of the Democrats and Joe Biden wrecking our nation.

The newly elected Republican nominee starts his general election campaign with a polling and money deficit in what is expected to be one of the most closely contested Senate contests in 2022, one that might determine control of a chamber that is presently split 50-50.

According to a recent poll conducted by the Republican firm Fabrizio, Lee and Associates for the pro-Masters super PAC Saving America, Kelly has a 49 percent to 44 percent advantage over Masters among likely Arizona voters.

The polling memo, which a super PAC supporting Masters provided to NBC News, also revealed that Biden has a dismal approval rating of 38 percent in the state and suggested that Kelly is vulnerable if he is seen as being more liberal and aligned with Biden than voters believed when they elected Kelly two years ago.

KELLY’S TEAM SEEKS TO BRAND MASTERSThe senator is an independent leader who cuts through political noise to achieve real outcomes for Arizonans, like cutting costs at the grocery store and petrol pump and creating high-paying Arizona jobs, according to Kelly campaign manager Emma Brown.

Blake Masters holds dangerous beliefs that are completely at odds with Arizona and destructive to Arizona families, including an national abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest and an privatizing Social Security, according to Brown’s statement on Wednesday.

Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters speaks at a campaign event on July 30, 2022, in Phoenix, Ariz.

In Arizona, the GOP holds a registration lead. However, the state has a history of supporting institutionalist Republicans, including departing Gov. Doug Ducey and Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. It is uncertain whether Masters, a Trump ally who supported the Jan. 6 objections to counting certain 2020 electors, can win over moderate and educated voters who have strayed from Republicans in recent elections.

According to political historian Brooks D. Simpson of Arizona State University, Masters is entirely Trump. He accepts that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

It will be a gauge of Trump’s influence in a state he narrowly lost in 2020, and it will reveal how the messages put forth by extreme Trump Republicans resonate with voters in a general election, he said. The outcome will also influence discussions about whether Arizona is now a purple or even a blue state.

RECALIBRATING FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION IS MASTERS

After defeating state attorney general Mark Brnovich and businessman Jim Lamon on Tuesday, the newly elected nominee issued a call for GOP unity.

You might have observed that our primary election was quite competitive. And it became somewhat louder. Maybe it turned a little nasty, Masters suggested. It’s okay if you backed a different primary candidate. I got it. He most likely had wise thoughts. But it’s time to come together now.

About two-thirds of the state’s population lives in the Phoenix metropolitan region, which is home to wealthy, well-educated suburbs like Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. According to Kelly’s campaign, the key to winning is for Democrats to turn out in large numbers, hold onto Republican-leaning voters, and retain high Latino support.

The plan for Masters to defeat Kelly, according to Republican strategist Andy Surabian, who advises the pro-Masters Saving Arizona PAC, is rather straightforward.

Simply associate him with Joe Biden, who enjoys low support in Arizona, and his even lower rated policies, said Surabian, adding that Masters must be dominant in rural areas and have a competitive edge in Maricopa in order to avoid losing the county by double digits. He claimed that in a state like Arizona, doing slightly over average among Hispanics would be beneficial.

Currently, Kelly is running a TV ad criticizing corporate price gouging by oil firms who are making record profits by taking advantage of a crisis and urging a reduction in the federal gas tax. His campaign released an Spanish-language ad praising his assistance to Arizona’s small companies.

Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., speaks with members of the media as veterans, military family members and advocates, rally outside the Capitol in Washington on Aug. 2, 2022, in support of a bill that enhances health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to the toxic burn pits.

When questioned about Masters’ depiction of him as an extreme Democrat who sided with Biden, a Kelly campaign strategist said the Democrat has demonstrated a willingness to oppose the president, citing his opposition to Biden to have the Title 42 border rule revoked and his letter to have Biden take action against high gas prices. In Arizona in 2020, Kelly performed better than Biden, the strategist continued.

The strategist stated there are actual Trump-Kelly supporters.

Kelly was in Washington during this week’s Senate vote on a measure to give veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other poisons health benefits. The arrangement between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., resulted in the Democrats’ huge agenda package, which he praised for its money for renewable energy and a provision allowing Medicare to bargain prescription prices. Kelly has also made a point of expressing his support for two recent laws: the $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure law and the one that will increase investments in American computer chip production.

Arizona’s progressives claim Kelly isn’t as left-leaning as they would like him to be. However, they appreciate his openness and accessibility.

He is not a senator who, in my opinion, fully supports the progressive and Democratic demands for Arizona. However, he always keeps in touch with us, according to 40-year-old Phoenix community organizer Luis Vila. However, he attends town halls, meets with us, and travels the state speaking with constituents. At least now we are aware of his position.

In the Senate, “A Bold America First Caucus”
Masters ended the race by promoting Trump’s endorsement in a television commercial, demonstrating the former president’s sway over ardent Republican voters in this state.

At a rally on election night in Phoenix, Masters gave up red meat and a cocktail of cultural grievances against legal abortion, critical racial theory, the 1619 Project, woke ideology, and big tech. Kari Lake, a Republican candidate for governor, was there as well. He said that Vice President Kamala Harris will succeed Biden as the only justification for not impeaching him and removing him from office.

Masters announced to the enthusiastic gathering on Monday that the Senate would soon have a fearless America First caucus.
A 56-year-old Masters enthusiast from Phoenix named Kristin Zenk expressed her concern that Kelly wouldn’t be an easy opponent to beat in the crowd.
He’s popular, Zenk added, so that’s why. I like him.

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