PHOENIX (AP) – A controversial race that ends with Arizona's first American US Senator and a governors' race in which Republican Doug Ducey will take on challenger Democrat David Garcia as Ducey seeks a second term in the 2018 parliamentary election.
The race to replace retired GOP Sen. Jeff Flake kills Democrat Kyrsten Sinema against Republican Martha McSally.
The competition has caused more than $ 90 million in spending, including more than $ 58 million from outside groups supporting one or the other candidate. This breathtaking number is no surprise to Arizona residents who have turned their TVs on or been listening to radio stations in recent months. The ads clog the air waves.
The Senate race is considered one of the nation's most competitive because Sinema calls itself an "independent" centrist who can work across the aisle and has supported President Donald Trump's initiatives more than 60 percent of the time. The three-month congresswoman currently represents parts of Phoenix and Tempe.
McSally focused on border security and strengthening the nation's military while attacking Sinema and labeling her as Leftist, too radical for Arizona. McSally is a former Air Force pilot who has served two terms in a convention district in the Tucson area and has run as a strong Trump supporter.
Sinema has repeatedly brought McSally's attention to lifting the Affordable Care Act in 2017. The campaign shows that it will not protect patients with pre-existing conditions. But McSally now says she would protect those patients.
If Sinema wins, it will be a sign that Arizona is a swing state in the game, and she will become the country's first Democratic senator since the mid-1990s.
In the governor's race, Ducey focused on border security, a booming state economy, and the need to focus on improving the state's business climate to boost employment growth.
He did not emphasize education, an area in which he is vulnerable, especially after a strike in which 75,000 teachers marched on the Capitol this spring and more than 1 million students were out of class because their schools were closed were.
Garcia focused on the state's underfunded schools while attacking Ducey. In his view, he failed to prioritize school funding. He has taken a different path from Sinema, who is running as a progressive candidate, opposing Trump's plans for a border wall and demanding a more humane treatment of immigrants, especially children. The Democrat said he would like to see Immigration and Customs Enforcement transformed into a new agency that protects borders while respecting human rights.
This led to attacks by Ducey, and the public poll shows that the governor has a solid lead on election day.
All nine Arizona seats are also campaigning. The Democrats hope to win the second seat of the 2nd Congressional District in southern Arizona, which will be left by McSally.
Former Republican Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat, faces Republican Lea Marquez Peterson. Democrats are working to keep the 1st and 9th districts that Sinema left to bring the Democratic GOP split to 5-4 when Kirkpatrick triumphs.
The 8th district in the northeastern subway of Phoenix shows a rematch of a special election in April, in which the Republican Debbie Lesko narrowly beat the Democrat Hiral Tipirneni. This district has a strong republican registration advantage, so Lesko is favored, but Tipirneni works hard and believes that it could win.
"We know that we reach voters every day," she said in a recent interview. "We have independents who continue to deal with us, moderate republicans come by who really focus on the issues and solutions we have proposed."
The other five districts, three Republican and two Democratic, are not considered competitive. Nonetheless, Democrats have created candidates who are actively fighting in the three GOP districts, a rarity for these districts.
Also on the ballot are four other national offices: State Secretary, Attorney General, Treasurer and Superintendent of Public Education. All are considered competitive by both parties. And two seats in the company commission, the five-member body that governs the utilities, are on the ballot. Two Democrats compete against two Republicans.
Five electoral votes stand in front of voters, including Proposition 305, which asks voters whether they want a massive increase in the number of legislatures and Gov. Ducey approved in 2017 approved private school voucher program. Proponents of the public school collected enough signatures to shut down the law until the nationwide vote, and a no rejects the law.
The second major election measure is a voter initiative known as Proposition 127. By 2030, utilities would have to source 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as solar. Arizona-backed utility companies, backed by leading Republican leaders, are putting money to defeat the proposal from environmental advocates backed by billionaire Tom Steyer's NextGen America PAC.
Three other measures would block new taxes on services, drain some of the power of the Independent Finance Commission for state election campaigns, and change the cost of living in two state pension plans, those for correctional officials and elected officials.
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