Washington Senate: Murray, who was accused of being too soft on crime during the debate, calls for gun control

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), was on the defensive in her debate with Republican Tiffany Smiley. Smiley aimed the incumbent senator for her record on crime during a spike in crime across the nation.

Smiley stated that Washington has a crime crisis and that crime is increasing all over the state. This was just a week before the midterm elections the next month. “My opponent, Senator Murray… She went to the Senate floor and called for funds to be diverted from our Police force. She disappeared, and then she went into hiding.”

Smiley said, “Our cities are being decimated by crime, and our police aren’t being supported.” “In addition, we have fentanyl everywhere in our streets… we are allowing a humanitarian crisis to unfold right in front of our eyes, and we allow people to poison themselves to their death, and we don’t do anything.”

Smiley blamed Murray and her Democratic colleagues for the rise of crime, but she promised to ensure that police department get the funding they require, that repeat offenders are properly charged, and to work towards the security of the border to combat the rising tide of drug abuse.

Murray responded by highlighting funds available for law enforcement through the American Rescue Plan. He also called for increased gun control to address the crime crisis.

Murray replied, “In that slew a response you did not hear any about gun violence.” This is an issue that we must address. Although we have made little progress at the federal level after Uvalde’s death, it is time to ban dangerous weapons. We must ban assault weapons and we must ensure that we do thorough background checks.”

Murray also stated that he would address the mental crisis. Smiley replied that it was crucial to protect Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens.

“Crime is out-of-control Senator Murray, you’re to blame …. Smiley stated that after 30 years in the Senate, we are now at this point and it’s not just about guns.

As the election draws near, Washington’s Senate race is tightening significantly. The latest Seattle Times poll shows that Murray’s Republican challenger has lost 10 points and now stands only eight points behind.

Murray was 51-33 in the July poll, with 16% saying they were still undecided. Some undecided voters are beginning to challenge Smiley’s will. Murray’s lead has fallen to 49-41, with 10% of respondents still undecided.

In recent weeks, Republican Senate candidates across the country have made gains in key races. This has turned a race for the upper house that used to favor Democrats into a tossup with less than a week before the elections.

Recent polls show that Republican Blake Masters is making gains over incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona, Republican Herschelwalker is closing in on Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia, and Republican Mehmet O getting within striking distance of John Fetterman from Pennsylvania. According to the Real Clear Politics polling average, Republican Adam Laxalt is head of incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada.

FiveThirtyEight’s Senate Forecast shows that Republicans have a 45% chance to win a majority in Congress. The publication called the race a “dead heat”, as it was Sunday. FiveThirtyEight’s forecast shows that Democrats have a 71% chance to win a majority. This prediction was made as recently as September 19.

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