Three Arizona GOP Senate candidates face off in heated TV debate

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Three of the top four candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the Arizona Senate race squared off in a heated televised debate on Wednesday night. Whoever wins the GOP primary will face Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in November. With Arizonans a week away from early voting, the race is tight as we head into the final weeks.

Michael McGuire appeared to be caught in the crossfire between the two top contenders for the GOP nomination. “John, we’re going to interrupt this Wimbeldon tennis match very quickly for a discussion,” McGuire said at one point during the debate.

Candidates Blake Masters and Jim Lamon went back and forth in the hours-long debate, with Masters touting his Trump-endorsed campaign. “We need to reapply America’s policies first. President Trump trusts me to do it. He met Jim Lamon, he thought he was a bozo. I’m the first American applicant, that’s why I’m approved,” Masters said.

In return, Lamon criticized Masters, accusing him of relying too heavily on Silicon Valley’s billionaire backers. “Let’s look no further than where is this guy, who’s holding the purse for this guy.” $17 million from the big California tech globalist who he will owe this to,” Lamon fired back. “No one is going to control me or own me; it currently belongs and will be in the US Senate.

Absent from the scene was Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who had a scheduling conflict. Brnovich’s high profile has helped him take an early lead, but the latest survey shows Masters and Lamon outplay him. According to a new poll by HighGround, Masters leads with 23%, Lamon second with 13.5%, Brnovich just behind with 13% and McGuire fourth with 4.5%.

Trump’s endorsement has given Masters a boost, and the former president is hosting a rally Saturday in Prescott Valley. Trump is expected to push for Masters and his other candidates at the event.

However, according to the poll, 40% of GOP voters are still undecided. With just 19 days to go until Decision Day, candidates continue to push their campaigns, hoping to sway voters in a close race.

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