RED CLIFF, CO - OCTOBER 12: U.S. President Joe Biden gives a speech before designating Camp Hale as a national monument on October 12, 2022 in Red Cliff, Colorado. Camp Hale, a World War II training ground for the 10th Mountain Division, is the first national monument that Biden has designated during his term as president. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
CNN  — 

As President Joe Biden headed West this week, Air Force One flew over a string of states where marquee Senate and House races will determine which party controls Congress next year.

It didn’t land in any of them.

The President’s rare, four-day visit is unfolding with a careful measure of policy and politics, including multiple stops in Colorado, California and Oregon. But he bypassed some of the most critical Western terrain for Democrats in November: Nevada and Arizona.

In both states, contests for governor and Senate, along with a handful of House