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Holds: Senate (Kelly), AZ-01 (O'Halleran). AZ-02 (Open)
Democrats need to hold onto the seat held by first-term Senator Mark Kelly. In a special election in 2020, the retired astronaut and husband of former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Gifford defeated the Republican incumbent by 2.4 points to serve in the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by the late Sen. John McCain. In the midterms, seven GOP candidates have surfaced. The Cook Political report rates Arizona, home of the Cyber Ninja recount, as Lean Democratic. And local state groups which registered and GOTV of the Latino community in 2020 are back at work.
The Arizona political landscape also includes a highly spirited race in the state’s 1st Congressional District. Three-term Congressman Tom O’Halleran, D, is a former Republican who broke away from his party over a range of domestic policies, including education, child welfare, and renewable energy. O’Halleran is considered a centrist. But the 1st district is the only one in Arizona that Trump carried in 2016 where voters also backed a Democrat for the House. In Arizona's 2nd District, Ann Kirkpatrick's decision to retire presents a challenge for Democrats. While she won reelection by a 10.8 points in 2020, the district has been rated only Lean D by Cook Political Report, and the district is nearly 90% urban and historically has been conservative. GOP operatives in the state are moving to flip both AZ 01 and AZ 02.