In a year where gun control has been at the forefront of topics in the political arena, a closely watched race between Democrat Mark Kelly and incumbent Senator Martha McSally (R) has just gained further attention.
Mark Kelly, an astronaut, married to Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and a staunch gun-control activist, has gained 6-points on Sen. McSally in a new Arizona Public Opinion Poll. This could signal that the race in the upcoming 2020 Presidential election could be closer than people already expected it to be.
In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Kelly explained himself as someone that Arizonans would like because he feels that is “somewhat independent.”
Taking into account that Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s win in the 2018 midterm election was the first win for Democrats in the state in 30 years, McSally is placed in an even more combating and defensive position than she was in before.
Mike Noble, the Chief of Research and Managing Partner of Phoenix-based research company OH Predictive Insights, explained that “both are former fighter pilots although if our latest poll is any indication – astronauts fly higher than pilots.”
Noble added that “we are still in August 2019 and the Arizona Senate race is already exciting – expect the numbers to start moving when these two fundraising juggernauts start spending heavy and hard.”
However, interesting is the fact that Senator McSally is overall the most popular politician, amounting a favorable opinion of 47% compared to 45% of respondents who view her unfavorably.
So, as the conversations around gun control continue and as the election season unravels, Republicans will fight to maintain their seat as Democrats look to open the floodgates for more Democrats to secure seat in a state as red as the sun that shines down on it.