“If the Mexican narco-terrorists and the drug cartels could vote in this election, they would all vote for Mark Kelly,” Masters said Wednesday on Fox & Friends, adding that in comparison, he was “endorsed by the Border Patrol and I’m proud of that.”
“That’s the choice that Arizonans have in this election,” he said.
Masters, who has also been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, took it a step further, calling Kelly the “most left-wing senator that we have.”
“This guy votes more in line with the Democratic Party than even Bernie Sanders,” he said, calling him “Cartel Kelly.”
The third candidate in the Arizona Senate race, Libertarian Marc Victor, dropped out on Monday, throwing his support behind Masters. The news gave Republicans a boost in their race to secure a majority in the Senate, just a week before the midterm elections.
Following Victor’s exit, Masters shared his appreciation, calling it “another major boost of momentum as we consolidate our support against the extreme and radical policies of Mark Kelly and Joe Biden.”
“Republicans are fired up. Libertarians are fired up. But we’re also attracting independents,” Masters said.
He posted a video on his Twitter feed Monday saying Kelly is the right pick “if you like open borders, high prices, and [violent] crime.”
“But if you think you and your family deserve better, send me to the U.S. Senate,” he tweeted.
Despite Masters’s push that Kelly would help drug cartels, the former astronaut was forced to acknowledge the lack of security by the Biden administration on the border during the first and only debate between the candidates in October.
“When Democrats are wrong, like on the border, I call them out on it,” Kelly said during the debate.
“I’ve spent a lot of time on our southern border, and let me just say it’s a mess. It’s chaos. It’s crisis after crisis,” he added.
The poll, conducted from Oct. 24 through Oct. 28, had a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.