Two weeks notice: midterm election looms, here are your AZ debates
This combination of photos shows Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters, left, and Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., before a televised debate in Phoenix, Oct. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Members of the media watch Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, left, and his Republican challenger Blake Masters, right, during a debate in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Republican Senate challenger Blake Masters smiles on stage prior to a televised debate with Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly and Libertarian candidate Marc Victor in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, left, smiles as he stands on stage with Republican challenger Blake Masters, right, prior to a televised debate in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Election day (Nov. 8) is only two weeks from today; early ballots are in mailboxes; decisions, decisions, decisions … we’ve gathered the debates for you here. Interviews are procedurally given by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to candidates whose opponents decline the invitation to debate.
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission sponsors statewide and legislative debates. This Arizona election cycle has not lacked drama. Much of the drama was stirred up over the gubernatorial debate- or lack of a debate when Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs refused an invitation by the commission to debate her rival, Republican candidate Kari Lake … You know what, let’s start there.
Republican Kari Lake has called Democrat Katie Hobbs a coward for refusing to share the debate stage with opponents, including during the Democratic primary. Hobbs has called Lake a conspiracy theorist.