Until now, Libertarians (the party, not the philosophy) have had a candidate in the race for Senate in Arizona. Marc Victor was running for the party against Democrat incumbent Mark Kelly and Republican challenger Blake Masters. But now Victor has withdrawn from the race and endorsed Masters. The New York Times reports:
The Libertarian candidate running for Senate in Arizona — who had threatened to play spoiler in the closely watched race — is dropping out and endorsing Blake Masters, the Republican nominee.
The decision, announced on Tuesday, gives Mr. Masters a lift heading into the final week as he seeks to unseat Senator Mark Kelly, the Democratic incumbent, who has generally held a narrow lead in the polls.
“This is another major boost of momentum as we consolidate our support,” Mr. Masters said in a statement to The New York Times.
Marc Victor, the Libertarian candidate, and Mr. Masters spoke on Monday for a 20-minute recorded conversation that Mr. Victor is expected to publish, according to a person familiar with the conversation. Mr. Victor had made such a conversation a precondition to quitting, technically offering such an opportunity both to Mr. Masters and to Mr. Kelly.
“I found Blake to be generally supportive of the Live and Let Live Global Peace Movement,” Mr. Victor said in a statement. “After that discussion, I believe it is in the best interests of freedom and peace to withdraw my candidacy and enthusiastically support Blake Masters for United States Senate.”
Mr. Victor’s underfunded campaign had a chance to make more of an impact than some other third-party candidates this year, in part because he was onstage for the race’s lone debate. (He made waves in the appearance by suggesting the “age of consent” is something “that reasonable minds disagree on” and “should be up for a vote.”)
Mr. Masters appears to have gone to some lengths to court libertarian-minded voters and assuage any concerns from Mr. Victor. Last Thursday, he posted a picture from 2010 of himself with Ron Paul, the former congressman and libertarian folk hero, saying he was “honored” to have Mr. Paul’s endorsement. Mr. Masters also made recent appearances on Mr. Paul’s podcast and another libertarian podcast.
You can watch Masters’ recent discussion with Ron Paul in the video below.
Mark Kelly has been a rubber stamp of the disastrous Biden/Schumer economic agenda. While his fellow Democratic Senator from Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema, at least attempted to push back against the terrible policies Democrats pushed for through the last two years, Kelly signed on for every one of them. He offered no resistance whatsoever to the radical wing of the Democratic Party.
Action Line: Arizonans know which candidate will support policies that will expand their freedom and reduce the burdens of the state on their families. That’s obviously Blake Masters. To learn more about improving your family’s personal and financial security, click here to sign up for my free monthly Survive & Thrive letter.
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