Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly to debate GOP challenger Blake Masters in tight Arizona Senate race: live updates




  • In Politics
  • 2022-10-07 00:02:21Z
  • By USA TODAY

Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly will face off against Republican challenger Blake Masters in a debate Thursday night hosted by Arizona PBS.

Kelly, a freshman senator, is running for a full six-year term after serving only two years for winning a special election back in 2020. Masters, a venture capitalist has the backing of former President Donald Trump.

The race is one of a handful nationwide that will decide whether Republicans can reclaim the majority in the Senate.

The debate is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT/6 p.m. PT. and is being livestreamed here,

More: With control of Senate at stake, Sen. Mark Kelly debates Blake Masters, Marc Victor

Debate details

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly and challenger Blake Masters are set to meet Thursday night for an hourlong debate on Arizona PBS.

Kelly, a Democrat, was elected in 2020 to serve out the term of the late Sen. John McCain. Kelly is seeking his first full six-year term. Masters is a Republican and protege of entrepreneur and political megadonor Peter Thiel.

The election is Nov. 8, and early voting begins Oct. 12.

The debate will begin at 6 p.m. and also includes Libertarian Marc Victor. It will air statewide on Arizona PBS, other television and radio outlets and online at azpbs.org and azcentral.com. The debate will be moderated by "Arizona Horizon" host Ted Simons.

- Arizona Republic

Tens of millions already poured into race

Arizona's U.S. Senate race is seen as one of the most important in the country, one that will help decide who runs Congress' upper chamber.

The chamber is split 50-50 but Democrats hold the majority by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris' authority to cast tie-breaking vote. (The vice president also serves as president of the Senate).

FILE - Arizona Republican U.
FILE - Arizona Republican U.  

Outside groups have already spent tens of millions in the race in an effort to define the candidates on TV and cellphone screens. That makes it harder for a debate to truly surprise viewers or define those taking part.

"Kelly is the more professional politician at this stage, having been in the Senate for a while, and also his previous work with the (gun-control advocacy group) Giffords organization. He's probably more polished and less likely to make mistakes," said Barbara Norrander, a political science professor at the University of Arizona.

- Ronald J. Hansen, Arizona Republic

Suffolk poll: Kelly leading Masters by seven points thanks partly to abortion

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly (49%) leads Republican challenger Blake Masters (42%) in a Suffolk University poll released last week.

Libertarian Marc Victor is pulling 2%, according to Suffolk, while another 7% say they are undecided.

Kelly's seven-point lead over Masters is driven by women (55%-35%) and independents (51%-36%), the poll found, while Masters leads 50%-42% among men.

FILE - Sen.
FILE - Sen.  

"The importance of abortion rights in Arizona shouldn't be underestimated," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. "In fact, independent women are voting on this issue with almost the same intensity as Democratic men."

When voters were asked to assign on a 1-10 scale how much their views on abortion will impact which candidates they will select in November, 49% of independent women gave it the highest rating, compared to 50% of Democratic men. Just 26% of independent men gave it a rating of "10," while 72% of Democratic women gave it the highest rating.

- Ledyard King

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Live updates: Kelly and Masters clash in Arizona Senate debate

COMMENTS

More Related News

Arizona set for legal battles after county refuses to certify midterm results
Arizona set for legal battles after county refuses to certify midterm results

Republican officials face two lawsuits, likely court intervention to force their vote and potential criminal penalties

Election certification delays few, but a
Election certification delays few, but a 'test run' for 2024

Before November, election officials prepared for the possibility that Republicans who embraced former President Donald Trump's lies about voter fraud would...

Arizona sues county over refusal to certify election results
Arizona sues county over refusal to certify election results

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs sued a Republican-controlled county after it refused to certify its election results by the state's statutory deadline...

Out-Of-State Kooks Are Still Demanding a Redo of Arizona Election
Out-Of-State Kooks Are Still Demanding a Redo of Arizona Election

Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty ImagesArizona counties certified the results of the midterm elections on Monday. But for conspiracy theorists who traveled from out...

GOP-Controlled Arizona County Refuses To Certify Election
GOP-Controlled Arizona County Refuses To Certify Election

Arizona was a focal point for efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election and push false narratives of fraud.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Politics