Arizona Senate race: Libertarian candidate drops out, endorses Blake Masters
The libertarian candidate in Arizona Senate Race dropped out and supported his Republican opponent.
Libertarian Senate candidate Marc Victor, who was polling at 1% in a New York Times/Siena College poll released Monday, dropped out of the race Tuesday, throwing his weight behind Republican candidate Blake Masters. Maestri is facing incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Kelly in the midterm elections.
“I’ve said from the beginning that the reason I’m running for the Senate is to promote and put in the direction of freedom and peace and civilization,” Victor said in a YouTube video announcing his endorsement.
Victor said at one point in his video, “[Masters] he really – in his heart and in his mind – is in favor of doing everything he can to get us very severely, very intelligently in the direction of “live and let live”. And that seems like a good trade-off for me.”
Masters, who sat down with Victor for a 20-minute taped phone call Monday, hopes the endorsement of the rematch will give him a boost in the polls.
Kelly leads Masters 51%-45% in the New York Times/Siena College poll, outside of the 4.4 percentage point margin of error.
A week before the midterm elections, Fox News Power Rankings put the Arizona Senate race as a toss-up.
The Cook Political Report added his rating in the race from “Lean Democrat” to a toss-up, suggesting the GOP’s chances are improving in a crucial race that could determine which party takes control of the Senate this fall.
The rating change comes “amid a series of private polls that have left Democrats worried about one of their strongest incumbents,” Cook Political Report analyst Jessica Taylor wrote.
Republicans hold 21 of the 35 Senate seats on the ballot this fall. If the GOP wins the Senate race in Arizona, could be the determining factor in his chance to take control of the Senate this fall.
Fox News’ Aubrie Spady contributed to this report.
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