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Libertarian drops out of Arizona Senate race, backs GOP’s Blake Masters

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The Libertarian candidate in Arizona’s high-profile Senate race dropped out of the contest Tuesday and threw his support behind Republican Blake Masters.

Marc Victor’s announcement came after some Arizona voters had already cast early ballots for him, but was expected to be a boon for Masters — who trails incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly by 2.4 percentage points, according to an average of polls by RealClearPolitics.

Victor had garnered about 3% support in surveys taken in the past two weeks, The Arizona Republic reported.

Victor endorsed Masters after speaking to him for about 20 minutes on Monday.
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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Blake Masters speaks at a campaign rally
Victor’s endorsement could be a boon for Masters, who trails the Democratic incumbent by about three points.
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Victor said he decided to endorse Masters after speaking with him for about 20 minutes on Monday.

“We talked about lots of economic issues, we talked about lots of civil liberty issues,” he said.

“And while we don’t see eye to eye on everything, I feel very confident after that conversation that Blake Masters is going to do everything he possibly can to further the interests of the Live and Let Live Global Peace Movement.”

Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, left, talks with Libertarian candidate Marc Victor, middle, and Republican candidate Blake Masters, right, prior to a televised debate in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 6.
The former candidate is seen chatting with Blake and Kelly before their Oct. 6 debate.
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Kelly speaking to a crowd
Kelly was elevated to the seat formally held by longtime Republican Sen. John McCain in a 2020 special election.
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Masters, 36, is hoping the endorsement bolsters his bid to unseat Kelly, 58, who rose to power in a 2020 special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. John McCain.

Kelly is a former astronaut and the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head during a rampage at a supermarket meeting with constituents in 2011.

The Arizona race is one of four nationwide contests that will likely determine control of the Senate, which is currently split 50-50 with Democrats holding the advantage by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris’ ability to break tie votes.

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