Midterm Election Roundup: Increase (Spending) in Arizona

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There have been signs in recent months that Arizona has fallen into the Senate’s top rankings list this cycle (mainly the Senate’s decision for leadership to withdraw ad spending there to fund other races ). But this race should still be pretty close, and there has been a flurry of new activity over the past 24 hours.

In addition to the tense debate we saw Thursday night, Democratic Senator Mark Kelly is up with a new announcement where he tries to portray himself as someone willing to thwart both sides.

“I stand up on the left when they want to defund the police, and I stand up on the right when they want a national ban on abortion,” Kelly says in the direct-to-camera ad. “And when Joe Biden is wrong, I call him.”

But while the GOP super PAC marquee is no longer playing in Arizona, that doesn’t mean other bands have given up. Politico first reported the Republican National Senate Committee adding a ‘seven-figure’ investment in the state which includes television and direct mail. The group has spent $4.6 million on ads in the state since the primary, but virtually nothing since late last month, per AdImpact.

Elsewhere on the campaign trail:

Senate/Governor of Arizona: A likely new CNN election poll finds Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly leading Republican Blake Masters 51% to 45% and Democrat Katie Hobbs leading Republican Kari Lake 49% to 46% in the race for governor.

Georgia Senate: Republican Hope in the Senate Herschel Walker during a campaign stop Thursday continued to deny claims he urged an ex-girlfriend to have an abortion and reimbursed her for the procedure. Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock’s campaign is released a new tv ad highlighting allegations that Walker threatened the women with violence.

Iowa Senate: GOP Senator Chuck Grassley and Democrat Mike Franken faced in their only debate Thursday night clashes over abortion, inflation and Jan. 6, according to the Des Moines Register. They also argued over an allegation by Franken’s former campaign manager that he made an unwanted advance (which Franken denied).

Senate/Governor of Nevada: The likely new CNN election poll finds Republican Adam Laxalt ahead of Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto 49%-46%, and Republican gubernatorial candidate Joe Lombardo ahead of Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak 48%-46%.

Pennsylvania Senate: The Associated Press reports that Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman “kept a light work schedule and was often absent from state affairs” during his four years in office.

Governor of Illinois: Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker debated Republican nominee Darren Bailey in a tense event which The Associated Press summed up as the two men “find different ways to call yourself ‘liar’.”

Governor of Oregon: Inside Elections reports that Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike donated to the gubernatorial campaigns of Republican Christine Drazan and Independent Betsy Johnson. Drazan, Johnson and Democrat Tina Kotek debated Thursday, clashing over crime, homelessness and abortion access in the state.

Governor of Texas: Launch of Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s campaign a new tv ad featuring family members of children killed in a mass shooting earlier this year at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

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