Will it make a difference?
Arizona Libertarian Senate candidate Marc Victor dropped out of the race and endorsed Republican candidate Blake Masters.
What a crap move, though, doing this one week before the election. Supposedly those who said they would vote for Victor did not participate in early voting.
But still. Not cool, man, especially in a close race:
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.”)
Trafalgar Group shows Victor polling at 2.7%, but 3.5% remain undecided.
There is no guarantee the libertarians or undecided will vote for Masters. I am a libertarian, and if the race does not have a libertarian, I generally vote Republican.
But I also live in Oklahoma, so it essentially does not matter!
However! The Independent voters will likely cause the change because 9% of them showed support for Victor. Masters already leads among Independents:
- Kelly: 43%
- Masters: 41%
- Victor: 9%
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