Blake Masters trails Sen. Mark Kelly in Arizona's U.S. Senate race, CBS poll finds

Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., is leading the race for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat, a CBS News poll released Wednesday found.

The CBS poll shows that 51% of Arizona voters who responded to the survey would vote for Kelly if the midterm election were held today, while 48% would vote for Trump-endorsed Republican candidate Blake Masters.

According to the poll, two of the issues facing Arizonans are immigration and abortion.

Among the respondents who say abortion is "very important," 73% are likely to vote for Kelly, while 26% are likely to vote for Masters.

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The governor’s race is a dead heat, with 49% of voters who said if the midterm elections were held today, they would vote for Democrat Katie Hobbs and 49% who said they would vote for Trump-endorsed candidate Republican Kari Lake, according to the poll.

Among registered voters in Arizona, 60% say abortion should be legal in Arizona in most cases, while 40% think it should be illegal, the poll found.

Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly giving at speech at Congress Hotel on Nov 3rd, 2020.
Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly giving at speech at Congress Hotel on Nov 3rd, 2020.

Regarding immigration, 68% of those who say it is "very important" support Masters, while 31% support Kelly.

Democrats control 50 seats in the Senate and Republicans hold 50. Vice President Kamala Harris casts ties to give the Democrats an edge.

Because the Arizona seat is so competitive, it could determine which party controls the Senate.

The survey was conducted between Sept. 30-Oct. 4 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 points.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Blake Masters behind Sen. Mark Kelly in U.S. Senate race: CBS poll