All eyes are now on Georgia, where the fight for control of the Senate is likely to lead to two Senate disqualifications in the state in January.
A scenario in which Senate control ends in two January flees in Georgia would mean weeks of frenetic and intense campaigning by Democrats and Republicans in two billion-dollar elections. The stakes are extremely high, where money is sure to flow in at a rapid rate from across the country.
The results of the Arizona Senate race came as Democrats infiltrated the state long regarded as conservative stronghold, but increasingly turned into a battlefield of fierce contention.
Kelly, a retired Navy captain and NASA astronaut, is widely regarded as one of the 2020 Democratic Party̵7;s strongest recruits. He is married to former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who suffered shot in the head and nearly died in 2011 and is now a leader in the movement against gun violence.
McSally, the Air Force’s first female pilot to fly in combat, was appointed to replace the seat previously held by the late Sen. John McCain after she narrowly lost the race against Democrat Kyrsten. Sinema gave another Senate chair in 2018.
During the race, McSally tried to bind Kelly with the liberal leaders, saying he would advance “the most radical agenda we’ve ever seen.”
Kelly, for her part, attacked McSally over the health care and coronavirus pandemic, at one point saying that “200,000 Americans died is proof … Washington, this administration and Senator. McSally didn’t do a good job. “
Emphasizing her dangerous position just weeks before Election Day as she tries to appeal to both Trump supporters and suburban moderates in a state that appears to have turned against the President, McSally won’t say whether she’s proud of her support for the President when pressed into a debate.
“I’m proud I’m fighting for the Arizona people about things like cutting your taxes,” McSally said. “I’m proud to be fighting for Arizona every day,” she then added.
In contrast, Kelly calls the overall behavior and action of the President while incumbent “unacceptable.”
This story was updated with additional developments on Friday.
CNN’s Alex Rogers and Eric Bradner contributed to this report.