Democrat Mark Kelly beat Republican Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona, NBC News predicts on Friday, helping Democrats get a Senate seat in the state.
Kelly, a former NASA astronaut, declared herself the winner earlier this week.
“I am extremely honored that the Arizona people have trusted me to be their next US Senator and served in the chair once held by Sen. John McCain,” he said in a series of tweets. on Wednesday night.
“We woke up today still facing a pandemic, a troubled economy and a deep split in our country,” he wrote. “We need to slow the spread of the virus, get our economy on track, and protect health care protections for people with pre-existing diseases. And I know that together , we can.”;
Kelly, 56, is the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived being shot in early 2011 at a constituent event. The couple founded the Giffords Organization, an organization that advocates for gun control laws across the country.
Victory put both of the state Senate seats in the hands of Democrats – Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, who were elected in 2018. Sinema congratulated Kelly in a statement on Twitter Wednesday. “I trust Mark will uphold Arizona’s values of finding common ground and putting the country ahead of partying,” she wrote.
Victory cemented Arizona’s rotating state status after years of Republican control, and came as Democrats suffered a series of failures in their hopes of gaining control of the Senate. They lost a seat in Colorado, but lost another one in Alabama and their large sums of money aimed at toppling Sen. Lindsey Graham in South Carolina and Sen. Susan Collins in Maine both failed. .
Although they’ve held a seat in a tight race in Michigan, they’re also trying to flip a seat they’re currently chasing in North Carolina and two historically conservative Georgia seats, at least one. that number is expected to lead to the flow on January 5.
Kelly, in her first bid for public office, ran for the moderator who would stand above disputed parties in Washington.
McSally was appointed to the chair in 2018 following the death of John McCain. Tuesday was a special election in the final two years of McCain’s term – the winner on Tuesday will have to run for two years – and is seen as a must-win election for the Democratic Senate hope.
McSally followed Kelly in polls throughout the race and raised significantly less money.
McSally, a former Air Force pilot who protested Donald Trump in 2016, finds himself in a difficult position trying to retain the president’s base supporters while also calling on censors to decide the election. McSally has campaigned multiple times with Trump and has not distance himself from his administration.
Trump also created unique problems for McSally in Arizona because he was unpopular with older voters, suburban voters and the Mormons, key voting groups in the state. The relative stability of the Republican Party among a handful of Hispanic voters also did not do much for McSally in Arizona, where the growing majority of Hispanic population is Mexican American, a group. tend to be less conservative than Cuban Americans.
McSally argued that despite Kelly’s independent rhetoric, he would vote to push a liberal agenda if he was elected, repeating the attack Trump often used against Joe Biden and call him “fake Kelly.”
Kelly repeatedly dodged questions about whether he would elect Sen. Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic Party, as the majority leader if the party took control of the Senate, and refused to propose. views on whether he would vote to remove the arrested person.
In her tweet on Wednesday, Kelly said, “I am preparing for work to be an independent voice for all Arizona people, no matter who they voted for.”