[Photo Credit:By Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America - Blake Masters, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=121856385]

Libertarian Senate Candidate Drops out of Arizona Race, Backs Nominee Blake Masters

Libertarian Senate candidate Marc Victor dropped out of the race Tuesday, putting his support behind Republican nominee Blake Masters.

Victor was polling at 1% in a New York Times/Siena College poll released Monday.

A number that may look small, but could end up making the difference in a closely contested state like Arizona.

In the upcoming midterm election, Masters will face Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly.

Masters, who recorded a 20-minute phone call with Victor on Monday, is hoping the competition-turned-endorsement will help him climb the polls.

“While we don’t see eye to eye on everything, I feel very confident after that conversation that Blake Masters is going to do everything he possibly can to further the interests of the live-and-let-live global peace movement,” Victor said.

“Will he likely do some things that I’m not excited about? Yeah, I think so. Is he likely to do other things that I’m very happy with? Yes,” he continued.

The Cook Political Report recently downgraded the race from “Lean Democrat” to “Toss up” implying that the GOP’s chances are improving in a crucial race that could determine which party controls the Senate this fall.

Mr. Masters has benefitted heavily from the support of billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel and has former President Donald Trump’s support.

Senator Mark Kelly, a Democrat, is one of a few incumbents being heavily targeted by Republicans in this year’s midterm elections.

Mr. Kelly previously won the state by 2.4 percentage points, while President Biden won by just over 10,000 votes.

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