Republicans need to make a strong showing in the 2022 midterm elections. Though the races are beginning to tighten less than two months from Election Day, the situation in Arizona is beginning to look promising.
The race for U.S. Senate between Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly and Republican challenger Blake Masters has tightened significantly, The Hill reported. An Emerson College poll released Friday has Kelly slightly ahead of Masters but within the margin of error.
The poll, conducted among 627 "very likely general election voters" in Arizona, has Masters at 45% and Kelly at 47%. The poll's margin of error is 3.85 points making this a neck and neck race.
Moreover, there could be movement amount the 5% of respondents reported being undecided and the 4% who said they planned to vote for someone else entirely. The determining factor for voters seems to be the issues that were most important to them.
Of those who supported Masters, nearly two-thirds said that the state of the economy was their most important issue. Kelly benefited most from the abortion issue as 98% of respondents who chose abortion as their number one issue backed Kelly.
Overall, the Arizona respondents ranked the economy as their top priority with a 36% share. Tied for second were the issues of abortion and immigration, which both received 16% from those polled.
This fact may shake out to be good news for Masters, who has been hypercritical of President Joe Biden over Democrats' mishandling of the economy that led to record inflation. However, it can't be ignored that the recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has breathed new life into Democratic campaigns as the issue is once again on the table.
With the abysmal economic situation the Democrats have created, 2022 should be a breeze for Republicans. However, races across the nation are tightening as Election Day appears just on the horizon, and it remains to be seen whether Americans' support for abortion on demand can overcome the Democrats' destructive policies.