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Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate

• https://thehill.com, BY MIKE NOBLE

The U.S. Senate race in Arizona saw a Grand Canyon-size investment in Republican Martha McSally and eventual winner Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

In 2020, all signs point to investors digging deeper to support fighter pilot-turned-appointed U.S. Senator McSally and astronaut-turned-candidate Mark Kelly.

Fifteen months away from Election Day, polling and financial data point to a close match-up that could determine control of the next Senate. Kelly leads fundraising efforts so far, propelled by his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). But McSally, now with the power of incumbency, is gaining ground.

Money and candidates aside, maybe the most important factor in Arizona will be the two presidential candidates who top the ticket. Tracking polls conducted by OH Predictive Insights (OHPI) show Joe Biden is the strongest Democrat in the field of nearly two dozen. Biden beats President Trump in our latest poll. No other top contender for the Democratic nod fares as well, with the likes of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg falling short in these surveys.

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