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APTOPIX Election 2018 Senate Arizona Debate

The Arizona Senate race is a key opportunity for Democrats to snag a seat


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - The race between Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., is one of the Democratic Party's best opportunities to pick up a seat in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority.

The seat is currently held by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring.

“I’ve been laser-focused on the issues that matter most to Arizona families and everyday Arizonans, while Martha has chosen to run a campaign based on nasty smears and false attacks," Sinema said in a recent debate.

Election 2018 Senate Arizona Debate
U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., goes over the rules in a television studio prior to a televised debate with U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Phoenix. Both ladies are seeking to fill the seat of U.S. Sen. Jake Flake, R-Ariz., who is retiring. The Arizona Senate contest is one of the most closely-watched in the nation. (AP Photo/Matt York)

"But Arizonans know that I’ve never been afraid to stand alone to do what’s right. And I’ll always work with anyone to get things done in Arizona. And that’s the approach I’ve taken (in) the United States Congress.”

McSally's ties to President Donald Trump helped her in the GOP primary, but now it might end up helping her Democratic opponent. A recent CNN poll showed 44 percent of Arizonans approve of the president, while 49 percent disapprove.

Martha McSally
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks at a campaign rally Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. President Donald Trump is in Arizona stumping for Senate candidate McSally. (AP Photo/Matt York)

“I am proud that he has gone to the White House and he is leading our country in the right direction," said McSally. "I am proud to be working with him to provide more opportunities and to make sure we keep our country safe. He didn’t need to be doing this.

"I’ve gotten to know him over the last year and a half, and he loves America and he is fighting for Americans every single day. And I’m going to keep working with him to provide more opportunities for all of us.”

McSally has an edge among white voters and men, but Sinema leads among Latino voters, independents and women -- which could be the determining factor. Immigration is one of the main issues for Arizona voters, as the state sits along the Mexican border.

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