Democratic Arizona state Sen. Kirsten Engel has resigned from the Legislature to focus on her campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District race could arguably be one of the most important races in the 2022 midterm elections.
The race will be pivotal to the Democratic Party’s efforts to retain the U.S. House majority and could even spill over into the U.S. Senate races.
“I know how much work it will take to win this district, and I’m ready to take on that challenge whole-heartedly,” Engel said in a statement.
Incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick is retiring, but the seat has become increasingly competitive over the years.
Fox News congressional correspondent Aishah Hasnie reported that Democrats are very worried that the fallout from the Biden administration’s handling of Afghanistan will cost them control of the lower chamber.
Republicans are now “the early favorites” to retake control of the House in the midterms.
Cook Political Report Senior Editor David Wasserman told NBC News that Republicans are poised to retake the lower chamber for a variety of reasons.
“Based on all factors, you’d have to consider Republicans the early favorites for the House majority in 2022,” Wasserman said.
“But as we found out in 2020, surprises can happen, and it’s not a done deal,” he added. “Democrats’ best hope is that Biden’s approval rating stays above 50% and that Republicans have a tougher time turning out their voters without Trump on the ballot.”
This is an excerpt from Conservative Brief.
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