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At Arizona Senate Debate, Blake Masters Tries to Put Mark Kelly on Defense

Mark Kelly, left, Blake Masters prior to a debate in Phoenix on Oct. 6.
Mark Kelly, left, Blake Masters prior to a debate in Phoenix on Oct. 6.Photographer: Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo
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Phoenix (AP) -- Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly distanced himself from President Joe Biden on Thursday, calling the U.S.-Mexico border “a mess” and saying his party doesn't understand border issues during his first and only debate against his Republican challenger Blake Masters.

Masters, trying to back away from some of the hard-line positions he took during the bruising GOP primary, said there should be some limits on abortion but not a national ban, conceded after a few prompts that Biden was the legitimately elected president and acknowledged that he hadn’t seen evidence the 2020 vote count was rigged.