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Candidates for Ariz. Senate start final push

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The Arizona Senate race is one of the most hotly contested in the country and the last weekend before election day is shaping up to be a busy one for both candidates.

When it comes to Arizona politics, there is no one party that dominates in congressional races.

Over the last hundred years, our state has been represented by 11 senators, five Democrats and six Republicans; it comes down to that two party choice once again.

A confident Rich Carmona was found getting supporters organized for a final push Saturday in Phoenix.

"Polls show that I'm ahead not by a lot but we've exceeded everybody's expectations," said Carmona.

Carmona is a political newcomer and his first experience in the fray hasn't been an easy one.

"It should be about two candidates honestly debating issues in front of the public and instead it gets degraded down to a streetfight gutter politics, attacking each other, spending millions of dollars trying to discredit your opponent with negative ads that are baseless," said Carmona.

The finish line is in sight and both the Carmona and Jeff Flake campaigns have basically the same philosophy in the final 72 hours: get out, knock doors and get people to vote on election day.

With nearly non-stops ads, it's hard to believe anyone hasn't heard of these candidates and the negativity that's made the mudslinging part of the daily grind.

"My wife looked at the TV and said, 'I'm glad I'm not married to that guy--I am!'" said Flake. "It's really quite rough but with outside money coming in, you're really not in control of that message."

Flake and the man he hopes to succeed in Washington, Senator Jon Kyl, encouraged campaign workers as they made calls and talked to neighbors and friends, trying to sway voters to their side.

"These open seats don't come along very often and it's an important race, so the stakes are high, and we've got a great guy to replace here, and everybody knows that, so the stakes are really high," said Flake.

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