FOX: Arizona's Senate race neck-and-neck

Monday, October 8, 2018

FOX News reported that in Arizona’s highly contested Senate race, it could all come down to independent voters to decide who will be the next senator.

“Independent voters may have a very large say on who serves in Arizona for the U.S. Senate in the next race,” said Joseph Garcia, director of communication and community impact at ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

That’s because the two candidates, Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., are virtually neck-and-neck in polls. In a Fox News poll among likely voters, Sinema is leading 47 percent to McSally’s 45 percent.

A big factor in this race is how voters feel about Trump, said Garcia. The latest Fox News poll shows President Trump has a 51 percent approval rating among likely Arizona voters.

“Let’s face it, this year the election is Donald Trump,” Garcia said. “Those who support him, those who do not. And it depends on who gets to the polls. If it's going to be Trump supporters, it should be McSally. If it’s some people who are not happy with the direction the country is going on Donald Trump's support and policies, they probably will go with Sinema. So, you know Donald Trump very much is on the ballot although his name does not appear. But he's very much on the ballot with each of these candidates.”

About 80 percent of Arizona voters choose to receive their ballot in the mail, according to Arizona Clean Elections, which means many Arizonans may vote early.

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