Martha McSally, Mark Kelly make final push to get out the vote in Arizona's Senate race
Senate rivals Martha McSally and Mark Kelly are making their final pushes to get out the vote on Friday and throughout the weekend ahead of Election Day.
The winner of the Arizona race to fill the term initially won by the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate and McSally, R-Ariz., and Kelly, the Democratic challenger, are campaigning hard before the last in-person votes are cast Tuesday.
Recent polling suggests Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut, continues to lead in the race in the final days.
McSally, a former Air Force combat pilot and the Republican incumbent appointed to the Senate seat in 2019, is appearing at campaign events alongside Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., on Saturday.
McSally is crisscrossing the state by plane on Sunday and Monday to visit 11 cities from Yuma to Kingman.
Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward and state Treasurer Kimberly Yee are accompanying McSally for her #AZFighter Tour. They will be joined Sunday by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The tour will end on the eve of Election Night on the steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott, reminiscent of strategies used by McCain and Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz.
Caroline Anderegg, McSally's campaign spokeswoman, said in a written statement that McSally has helped deliver tax cuts, conservative judges, border security and support for veterans.
"From her 26 years as an Air Force combat pilot to her time in Washington, Martha has always stood up to the powerful and protected the vulnerable," Anderegg said. "As the final ballots are being cast in this election, we are reminding voters of her strong record and the stakes of this election."
Kelly, a retired Navy combat pilot, astronaut and anti-gun-violence activist, is barnstorming Phoenix and communities in the suburbs to greet early voters and supporters and press upon them the outcome of the election could help determine how the nation confronts policy issues like health care and climate change.
On Friday, he was scheduled to appear at early voting centers in heavily Latino communities in west Phoenix, south Phoenix and in Maryvale. And over the weekend, Kelly plans to speak with volunteers in the Phoenix area before they launch volunteer shifts for no-contact campaign literature drops.
Kelly spoke to The Arizona Republic on Friday as he traveled from one campaign event to another.
"At this point in the campaign, I mean, there's really just one thing that matters and that's making sure we have high voters turnout so we're working hard, making phone calls, doing all that get-out-the-vote stuff that matters in this phase of the campaign," he said.
Kelly said he has met a lot of people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who are voting for the first time in their lives. Those voters, he said, "just look at the direction of the country and realize that we just need some change and we need to get back on track and the only way to do that is vote … and that's exciting."
The Senate term in Tuesday's special election expires in January 2023 and the winner could take assume office as soon as Arizona officials certify the results of the election, ahead of the new crop of freshman senators who are sworn-in on at the opening of the new Congress.
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