As Republicans gathered in Prescott for an election-eve rally with remarks from Cindy McCain, food, trucks and live music, Democrats kept a quieter profile, knocking on thousands of doors statewide in a last-minute push to sway Arizonans to vote blue.
Cindy McCain, in a livestream carried by 12News, told the crowd that the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made a tradition of visiting the northern Arizona town, a longtime Republican stronghold where voters need little persuading to vote red.
“This was always a sentimental stop for him; every campaign ended here,” Cindy McCain said in the livestream. “But new beginnings also began from these very steps because the next morning was when the hard work began.”
Cindy McCain held the nation’s reverence as she honored her husband, who died after a long battle with brain cancer, in the months before his passing and at his funeral in August.
On Monday, the night before voters head to the polls, Cindy McCain threw her support behind the party her husband dedicated his life to. The state features one of the nation’s most watched and tightest Senate races, pitting Democrat Kyrsten Sinema against Republican Martha McSally.
Cindy McCain told the crowd that Sen. McCain ended his presidential campaign in Prescott a decade ago. In keeping with her husband’s attempt at civility and uniting the nation under President Donald Trump, whom Sen. McCain fiercely opposed, Cindy McCain reminded voters of America’s values.
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“Win or lose, we need to figure out how we can come together, work with our allies and our rivals and help make this wonderful country better than we found it,’ she said.
Gov. Doug Ducey, running as an incumbent against Democratic challenger David Garcia, noted that Republicans are facing tough election battles.
“These races are closer than they should be,” he said.
McSally said Republicans’ policies on the economy, border, military and backing conservative voices are at stake in the midterm election Tuesday.
“Push through for another 24 hours,” she urged the crowd.
Democrats knock on doors
Democrats skipped a big rally and kept their candidates and supporters visiting with voters across Arizona.
“We were just continuing our statewide canvassing campaign,” Arizona Democratic Party spokesman Les Braswell said. “Over the weekend, we knocked on over 200,00 doors and today we knocked on 60,000.”
“We’re focused much more on a ground game than anything,” he said. “Our goal over the last 13 hours of this campaign is to make sure all of our voters get out and vote.”
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Sinema took to Twitter to speak with voters as she continued campaigning. She spotlighted visits with Phoenix-area business and with veterans in Tucson. McSally’s last tweet was of her singing the national anthem at Arizona State University’s homecoming football game Saturday.
Garcia also stuck with Democrat game plan and posted on Twitter that he and his supporters had spent the day “knocking on doors and getting people to the polls.”
Republic reporter Maria Polletta contributed to this story.