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Mark Kelly holds on to Arizona seat in a critical win for Democrats

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Democrat Mark Kelly won re-election in Arizona, defeating far-right challenger Blake Masters and winning a crucial race just one win away from Democrats taking control of the Senate.

Arizona’s race is one of the few elections where Republicans are going to take control of the Senate with her 50-50. This was a test of the progress Kerry and other Democrats had made in Arizona, once firmly ruled by Republicans, but it turned out to be a purple battlefield. Kelly’s victory suggests that the success of the Arizona Democratic Party (Joe Biden beating Donald Trump in Arizona in 2020) was no exception. Other Arizona elections, including the high-profile gubernatorial race between Democrat Katie Hobbs and Republican Kari Lake, came too early to call Friday night.

Kamala Harris With the Vice President’s votes tied, the Democrats will either take control of the Senate by winning the Nevada election, which is too early to announce or by holding a runoff vote in Georgia next month. can be maintained. For Republicans to win a majority, they must win both races. Kelly is in space She is a former NASA astronaut who has flown 4 times and killed 6. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head in an assassination attempt in 2011. Former U.S. Congressman Gabby, who leads her married to Giffords. 13. Kelly and Giffords later co-founded the Gun Safety Advocacy Group. Kerry’s campaign focused on winning state independent voters. At times, he has tried to distance himself from Joe Biden, presenting himself as a moderate counterpart to his counterpart.

Masters, his 36-year-old venture capitalist backed by Donald Trump with no political experience, challenged the 2020 election results and repeated false allegations of voter fraud. It took its most extreme stance in the weeks leading up to Saturday. Kelly first won the election in 2020 to serve out the remainder of the late John McCain’s Senate term. He had the advantage of incumbency and raised more money than his opponent. Kelly maintained a narrow lead in polls ahead of the election, though his margin tightened in the final weeks.

He has said he will fight to protect access to abortion, which the majority of Arizonans believe should be a right. On border security, the senator has sought to distance himself from the Biden administration, calling the situation at the border a “mess”. Kelly has advocated against ending Title 42, a Trump-era public health policy that uses the Covid-19 pandemic as justification to expel migrants at the southern border.

Kelly’s victory in 2020 gave Democrats both of Arizona’s Senate seats for the first time in 70 years. The shift was propelled by the state’s fast-changing demographics and the unpopularity of Trump.

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