PHOENIX — Arizona has been a political player for years, but the 2024 election cycle could take the once Republican-heavy state to new heights in terms of its importance.
The Grand Canyon State could have the most impact in determining the presidential race and the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.
Longtime Valley political expert and former state lawmaker Stan Barnes of Copper State Consulting Group says it might seem that Arizona is patting itself on the back when it comes to political importance, but believes the state has arrived at a pivotal moment.
What effect will the U.S. Senate race in Arizona have?
The race for the U.S. Senate seat will be what really puts Arizona in the national spotlight. It includes Republican Kari Lake, who narrowly lost in the 2022 gubernatorial race, and Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego, a Democrat. U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a longtime Democrat turned Independent, hasn’t announced if she will seek reelection.