Mark Kelly defeats Martha McSally in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race, giving Democrats a key pick-up

Mark Kelly defeats Martha McSally in Arizona's U.S. Senate race, giving Democrats a key pick-up

Democrat Mark Kelly has unseated Republican incumbent Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona’s special election, flipping a longtime GOP seat blue and giving Arizonans their first pair of Democratic senators to represent the state since the 1950s. On Wednesday afternoon, Kelly claimed a decisive victory and said he was honored to follow in the footsteps of a seat won six times by the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “I am deeply honored that Arizonans have trusted me to be their next United States Senator and to serve in this seat once held by Senator McCain," Kelly said in a written statement. "We woke up today still facing a pandemic, a struggling economy, and deep division in our country. “While elections officials continue the important work of ensuring every vote is counted, I am preparing for the job of being an independent voice for all Arizonans, regardless of who they voted for," he continued. "We need to slow the spread of the virus, get our economy back on track, and defend health care protections for people with preexisting conditions. "And I know that together, we can.” The Associated Press called Arizona’s closely watched race for Kelly at 12:51 a.m. Arizona time on Wednesday. Through McSally has not conceded and her campaign was waiting for all ballotsto be counted, Kelly’s focus has shifted to transitioning to the Senate. Kelly will join the Senate when it returns from recess for its post-election, lame-duck session and would help to narrow Republicans’ 53-47 majority in […]

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