Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona claimed in a campaign fundraising email sent last weekend that his Republican opponent Jeff Flake supports uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.
Flake and local conservatives claim there would be no harm to the landmark if the Obama Administration were to lift its restrictions on mining near the Arizona Strip, located in the northern part of the state.
Flake posted a photo and part of a transcript of a conversation he had with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on his Facebook wall Sunday as evidence that he does not advocate mining in the Grand Canyon.
Bob Casey holds a 10-point lead over Tom Smith in the battle for the U.S. Senate, but fails to stir strong feeling among the electorate, according to the latest Inquirer Pennsylvania Poll.
Four weeks before the Nov. 6 election, a bipartisan team of national pollsters found Casey, the Democratic incumbent, with 48 percent of the vote. Smith, the Republican nominee, was getting 38 percent.
More than 1,000 students and residents listened as Jimmy Eat World opened for former President Bill Clinton Wednesday night, who was at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus to speak in support of Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona.
Aside from Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, neither national candidates or big-name politicians have visited the mostly red state. Clinton’s visit comes as the national Senate race tightens, with Politico reporting Carmona up 4 percent over Republican candidate Jeff Flake.
Film freshman Rosemary Zinke said she came to the rally to see Clinton and learn more about Carmona.
“Since this is my first time voting, I want to learn as much as I can about everyone,” Zinke said.
State Press reporter Tess Homan contributed to this post
Negative ads continue to target incumbent Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). Here, Republican challenger Tom Smith attacks Casey’s lack of passed legislation and labels his opponent a “career politician.” Smith’s increased in spending on advertising comes as he is gaining on Casey in polls.
We’ve always known this race is going to be a close one. That’s why Jeff Flake is working hard to gain the trust of voters.”
Andrew Wilder, spokesman for Arizona Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Flake.
Democrat Richard Carmona is leading Jeff Flake by about 5 percent, according to a recent poll reported by Arizona news station 3TV.
Flake released his first campaign ad this week, calling out Carmona for being “recruited” by President Barack Obama and for supporting the health care law.
The Hill reports Carmona is going to Washington, D.C. on Friday for a fundraiser, which Arizona Republicans are pointing to as evidence of Carmona’s support for Obama’s agenda. Invites to the event ask for donations ranging from $500 to $5,000.