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District 40 is one of the few battleground districts in the state that could determine which party controls the Senate. Every legislator is up for election in November and a gain of even one seat for Democrats can topple a slim Republican majority.

Harckham said his experience in government and as a lawmaker gives him the edge, but that he and Kesten’s message is the same: Republicans are the wrong choice to lead the Senate.

“I think progressives and centrists will see that they failed to lead and they’ve abdicated that right,” he said.

Harckham, who said he’s participated in rifle sport shooting, favors “red flag” legislation that could remove guns from residents identified as a violence risk.