Democrats Flip John McCain’s Senate Seat as Mark Kelly Wins in Arizona

Retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly defeated Republican Sen. Martha McSally for her Arizona Senate seat, giving Democrats a much-needed boost in the battle for the Senate majority in what was once a ruby-red state. Kelly ousted McSally, 53%-45%, with 82% of the estimated vote reported in a race projected by The Associated Press early Wednesday. Kelly won the special election to replace the late GOP Sen. John McCain, who died in 2018 from brain cancer. McSally, a former fighter pilot and congresswoman, was appointed to fill the longtime senator’s seat just one month after she lost a Senate race for a different vacancy in Arizona. Democrats will now control both of Arizona’s Senate seats as the state turns bluer. In 2018, then-Rep. Kyrsten Sinema defeated McSally, becoming the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in the state since 1988. Now with Kelly’s victory, it’s the first time the Democratic Party has held both of Arizona’s seats in nearly seven decades. Kelly’s victory gives Democrats a shot at taking back control of the Senate for the first time since 2014, though the party’s path has become narrower after Republicans held onto a number of competitive seats. Republicans currently hold a 53-47 majority, meaning that Democrats will need a net gain of four seats. Democrats have so far flipped two seats in Colorado and Arizona. Arizona’s politics and demographics have shifted in recent years, moving even further to the left since Trump narrowly won the state in 2016. It’s a […]

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