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Race to Senate will be a clean slate, according to UA professor

Posted at 6:18 PM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-25 21:21:17-04

With Senator Jeff Flake out of the 2018 election, Associate professor at the University of Arizona says, the race is "a clean slate."

To Republicans and Democrats - the election is a hopeful one, as well. 

The Pima County GOP hopes Kelli Ward, who is popular in Pima County will have a chance to grab the seat. 

While the Pima County Democratic Party leans towards Kyrsten Sinema, a Phoenix area congresswoman. 

"We know of different candidates who are interested but it means that when you don't have an incumbent running, anything can happen," Kate Kenski. 

While there has been back and forth that Senator Jeff Flake opted out because early polls show a loss in the coming election. Kenski says, early polls are simply unpredictable. 

Kenski adds, "I think there were a lot of factors that played into Flakes decision and I think Senator Flakes decision was in part because of cultural change that has happened within the party." 

As for the future of the Grand Canyon state, Kenski says there have been questions for a few Presidential cycles and whether or not Arizona can be a swing state. 

"I think what the Democrats have seen is a state that is right for potential that there are a lot of voters who haven't showed up at the polls but the problem is the democrats historically have not managed to show up," says Kenski. 

Kenski says, in Arizona, there has been an increase of independent voters and it would be wise for both parties to target those voters.  

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