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Third party candidate for US Senate looks to drop out, could help Sinema

This Aug. 5, 2018, photo provided by Angela Green shows Green, a former Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona. On Thursday, Green suddenly announced she would drop out of the race and endorsed Democrat Krysten Sinema. (Sylvia Hardt/Sylvia Hardt Photography via AP)

PHOENIX — Angela Green, the third-party candidate for the U.S. Senate race in Arizona is looking to drop out of the race and has endorsed the Democratic candidate, Kyrsten Sinema.

But with four days until Election Day, a spokesman for the Arizona Secretary of State’s office said, even if she does withdraw, the move would not mean much.

“Essentially it would most likely mean nothing,” spokesman Matt Roberts told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “Ballots are already printed and won’t change.”

Roberts added that the office has not received a formal withdrawal yet, but Green told 12 News on Thursday that she struggled “very much” with the decision to get out of the race.

“I want (voters) to vote for a better Arizona, and that would be for Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic Party,” she told 12 News’ Brahm Resnik

“There’s a lot of other reasons that I can’t support the other candidate, but my main reason is that they are more in line with what my political agenda is and what’s I’m looking to do to help Arizona become more green again.”

Torunn Sinclair, a spokeswoman for Republican candidate Martha McSally’s campaign, said in a statement that Sinema “is still the Green Party’s candidate.”

The Sinema campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Valley political analyst Stan Barnes told Arizona’s Morning News that “every single vote” in this race counts.

The Senate race has been a tight one: A majority of polls have had Sinema leading McSally, but within the polls’ margins of error.

A recent NBC/Marist poll showed that Sinema held a six-point lead over McSally, but when the ballot options included Green, her lead fell back to three points.

A OH Predictive Insights/ABC15 poll found McSally in the lead with seven points, leading 52 percent to 45 percent in the survey of likely voters.

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