WASHINGTON -- A new front was added to the Senate battleground this week as money poured into Arizona and the Cook Political Report moved the race in the Grand Canyon state to “toss up.”
The contest between Democrat Richard Carmona and Republican Jeff Flake has become an “unlikely toss up,” acknowledged Cook analyst Jennifer Duffy, but one nevertheless that has shifted to that column Friday as “the close contest that Democrats predicted has emerged.”
As Republicans seek to capture control from Democrats, the race becomes one to watch as both parties seek to expand the playing field as Republicans have struggled to maintain the advantages they had at the start of this election cycle.
Democrats have been quietly suggesting they have an opening in the Republican stronghold as Carmona, the former U.S. Surgeon General nominated by President George W. Bush, will appeal to voters with middle-of-the-aisle views and he does outreach to the Latino electorate.