On Friday, it was reported that Dr. Richard Carmona, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Arizona, has pulled ahead in the funds race against Rep. Jeff Flake, his GOP opponent. As of the last filing deadline on August 8, Carmona was up with $1.75 million cash on hand compared to Flake’s $1.705 million.
This is a tighter race than expected in the Grand Canyon state, which has historically leaned Republican in recent years, but demographics may be changing the political landscape. A poll that was released earlier in the month showed Flake and Carmona tied at 38 percentage points each with a quarter of the voters polled undecided.
Congressman Flake has been in a primary battle Wil Cardon, a wealthy businessman who has been able to loan his campaign $1.3 million. And he’s had to spend his money battling Cardon, whereas Carmona is running in an unopposed primary. Flake is feeling the heat of his Democratic opponent, even though he is still in the primary race, as he has been floating the idea that the state legislature should elect senators instead of the citizens.