Arizona Election Results: Mark Kelly Wins U.S. Senate Seat

PHOENIX, AZ — Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly received re-election to the U.S. Senate on Friday, defeating Republican enterprise capitalist Blake Masters, in line with unofficial outcomes.

Kelly’s win secures him one other six years within the Senate and likewise places the Democratic get together just one victory away from sustaining management of the chamber for the remaining two years of Joe Biden’s presidency.

The Associated Press known as the race Friday with 83 p.c of precincts reporting. The most up-to-date vote totals had Kelly with 1,128,917 votes, or 51.8 p.c, and Masters with 1,005,001 votes, or 46.1 p.c.

Kelly’s victory assertion Friday was easy and concise. “Thank you, Arizona,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Arizona race is considered one of a handful of contests Republicans focused of their bid to take management of the evenly divided Senate. It was a check of the inroads Kelly and different Democrats have made in a state as soon as reliably dominated by the GOP.

The intently watched race for governor between Democrat Katie Hobbs and Republican Kari Lake was too early to name Friday night time. In the secretary of state’s race, Democrat Adrian Fontes defeated Republican Mark Finchem, a high 2020 election denier.

Kelly’s victory follows two years spent within the Senate after he received a November 2020 special election following the demise of U.S. Sen. John McCain. Before becoming a member of Congress, Kelly served as a U.S. Navy pilot and a NASA astronaut.

Kelly has distanced himself from President Joe Biden, notably on the problem of border safety, and infrequently performs down his Democratic affiliation. Like McCain, Kelly has branded himself as an unbiased prepared to buck his get together.

Kelly advised the Wall Street Journal he thinks day by day about the truth that he holds McCain’s former seat.”(His) legacy is one that we should all strive to live up to. Because Arizona deserves nothing less than a leader committed to always putting country first,” Kelly advised the newspaper.

Kelly can be married to former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived a gunshot wound to the top throughout a capturing at a Tucson occasion that killed six folks and injured 13. After the capturing, Kelly and Giffords went on to co-found Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun management advocacy group.

Masters, an acolyte of billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, tried to penetrate Kelly’s unbiased picture, aligning him with Biden’s failure to safe the U.S.-Mexico border and tamp down on rampant inflation.

He earned Trump’s endorsement after claiming “Trump won in 2020,” however below stress throughout a debate final month, he acknowledged he hasn’t seen proof the election was rigged. He later doubled down on the false declare that Trump received.

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