Independent Candidate Drops Out of Arizona Senate Race, Endorses Republican

The third-party candidate in Arizona’s Senate race withdrew his name from the midterm ballot and endorsed his Republican opponent Tuesday.

Libertarian candidate Marc Victor announced his support for Republican Blake Masters in a Youtube video.

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Masters is running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly.

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The day before Victor dropped out of the race, a New York Times/Sienna College poll speculated the Libertarian would only receive one percent of the vote in the Arizona race.

In his video announcement, Victor told his supporters, “I’ve said from the very beginning that the reason I’m running for Senate is to promote and get us in the direction of freedom and peace and civility.”

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Victor then spoke highly of his Republican counterpart, saying that Masters would work towards pushing the country in the direction of “live and let live.”

Victor said Masters, “really is, in his heart and in his mind, he’s in favor of doing everything he can to get us very sternly, very smartly in the direction of ‘live and let live.’ And that seems like a good tradeoff to me.”

It seems the endorsement has given Masters, who is polling below his Democratic opponent, a boost in the race.

In the same New York Times/Sienna College poll, Kelly leads Masters by six percent, which Fox News notes is outside the 4.4 percent margin for error.

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However, other polls seem to be shifting in Masters’ direction. Fox is calling the Senate race a toss-up with just one week until the election. Similarly, the Cook Political Report changed its rating from “lean Democrat” to a toss-up as well.

The Arizona seat is not one Republicans were depending on winning to retake control of the Senate. If the race shifts in Masters’ favor, it could mean Election Day will be a big night for Republicans.

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