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Showstopper: Ala. result means Senate control will rest with Az voters

Hey, Arizona. It just got real. We could have two races on the ballot in the same year with control of the U.S. Senate on the line. That would be a political showstopper.... Read more»

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Dec 13, 2017, 2:33 pm
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A good analysis.

I agree that Alabama was a one-off, with a flawed candidate, even if you discount his alleged sexual games of decades ago.

There are a lot of moving parts in the AZ scenario.  Why no mention of Kirkpatrick?  She would be a formidable candidate, no matter who she ran against. Depending upon who she ran against, I would be tempted to give her my vote, even though she toed the Beltway Party Line far too often when she was there last.

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Dec 13, 2017, 3:07 pm
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Kirkpatrick is campaigning for the CD 2 seat, and is unlikely to drop that and make another Senate run.

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Dec 13, 2017, 4:17 pm
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Right off the wall let me ask: is McSally actually angling for a presidential appointment rather than getting into a Senate campaign in which she might have a tough time beating Ward and then Sinema?  Is her declining to run for re-election in CD 2 a sign she doesn’t think she has a future there or is it confidence that better things lie ahead?  I can’t think of a good reason to delay an announcement if she is going to run for anything.

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Dec 13, 2017, 4:31 pm
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Among the possibilities is that McSally is awaiting an appointment to McCain’s seat, with the ability to run as an incumbent. And she hasn’t formally said she’s not seeking her House seat again.

Lea Marquez Peterson told me this afternoon that if McSally does run for re-election, she’ll drop out of the race.

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Dec 14, 2017, 7:17 pm
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Many people say Sinema is a lock for the nomination. Not so fast. She isn’t liked by a large block of progressives for pro-Trump votes she has taken and the disabled community for her sponsorship of HR620. Deedra Abboud has been building a grassroots network of supporters all over Arizona. One thing is clear, it looks like Arizona’s next senator is going to be a woman. The question is will it be one who puts the people first or corporate donors. Deedra has signed #CandidatesWithAContract not to take ANY PAC donations. Can the others say the same?

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