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Arizona U.S. Senate Race 2022 Results: Mark Kelly Vs. Blake Masters

PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona voters on Tuesday will resolve whether or not Mark Kelly will maintain on to his U.S. Senate seat received in a 2020 particular election, a victory that gave Democrats each of Arizona’s Senate seats for the primary time in 70 years.

Challenging Kelly is Republican enterprise capitalist Blake Masters, who’s endorsed by former President Donald Trump and was a member of Trump’s 2016 transition crew. On his web site, Masters vowed to “Make Arizona Great Again.”

Kelly carried a 1.5-point lead over Masters on Election Day, in keeping with FiveThirtyEight.com.

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Polls in Arizona closed at 7 p.m. It’s unlikely a winner will likely be declared Tuesday. A last consequence might take a number of days or extra, in keeping with AZCentral.com.

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Tensions had been excessive in Maricopa County the place employees at 20 p.c of the county’s 223 polling areas confronted technical issues with tabulators. Election officers initially known as the issue a “hiccup’; however, some GOP politicians and pundits immediately questioned the integrity of the state’s election.

The issue, later attributed to faulty printers, prompted a coalition of Republican groups to file an emergency motion to extend poll hours in Maricopa County and to correct poll-worker errors, according to a National Review report. A judge denied the request shortly before 7 p.m., according to the Arizona Mirror.

Bill Gates, chairman of the Maricopa County board of supervisors and a Republican, advised reporters in downtown Phoenix that “everybody remains to be attending to vote,” according to NBC News.

“No one has been disenfranchised,” Gates said.

The Race For Arizona’s Senate Seat

The Arizona race is one of a handful of contests that Republicans targeted in their bid to take control of the now 50-50 Senate. It’s a test of the inroads that Kelly and other Democrats have made in a state once reliably dominated by Republicans and will offer clues about whether Democratic success here was a direct response to the Trump presidency or a more enduring trend.

Kelly won a November 2020 special election following the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain, defeating Republican Sen. Martha McSally by less than 10,000 votes. Before joining Congress, Kelly served as a U.S. Navy pilot and a NASA astronaut.

Arizona’s other Senate seat is held by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

Kelly has distanced himself from President Joe Biden, particularly on the issue of border security, and often plays down his Democratic affiliation. Like McCain, Kelly has branded himself as an independent willing to buck his party.

Kelly told the Wall Street Journal he thinks daily about the fact that he holds McCain’s former seat.

“(His) legacy is one which we should always all attempt to dwell as much as. Because Arizona deserves nothing lower than a frontrunner dedicated to at all times placing nation first,” Kelly told the newspaper.

Kelly is also married to former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived a gunshot wound to the head during a shooting at a Tucson event that killed six people and injured 13. After the shooting, Kelly and Giffords went on to co-found Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control advocacy group.

Masters grew up in Tucson, according to his website. After graduating from Stanford University and Stanford Law School, Blake co-founded a software startup company called Judicata. In 2015, he became president of the Thiel Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes science and innovation and whose fellowship program has paid 225 young people to drop out of college so that they can create new companies.

From 2018 to 2022, Blake was the chief operating officer at Thiel Capital, an investment firm that specializes in the technology sector, where he helped grow assets under management by billions of dollars.

When Masters joined Trump’s transition team in 2016, he “noticed firsthand how deep The Swamp actually is and the way institution forces instantly tried to undermine President Trump’s MAGA agenda,” his website reads.

In his endorsement, Trump known as Masters a “nice modern-day thinker,” according to a CNN report.

“Blake is aware of that the ‘Crime of the Century’ came about, he’ll expose it and likewise, by no means let it occur once more,” Trump stated in a press release, repeating false claims of voter fraud within the 2020 election.

Masters has additionally stated that if elected, he intends to push again in opposition to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Masters additionally instructed the social gathering wants new management.

McConnell “is not going to personal me, McConnell would not love me. And clearly, he had an opportunity to assist. He did not do it,” Masters told the newspaper. “He would not need me in there, however he is about to be caught with me.”

Some Arizona Republicans have opted to align themselves with Kelly rather than support Masters.

Rick Romley, the former Republican Maricopa County Attorney, told The Wall Street Journal that while he was still a Republican, he did not vote for Masters.

“That’s as a result of above all else, above all political events, I worth management, integrity and an individual who performs the service above self,” Romley said.

The Associate Press contributed to this report.


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