Mark Kelly holds Arizona Senate seat, defeating Blake Masters

Democrats could retain control of the Senate by winning the race in Nevada, which is still too early to call, or next month’s vote in Georgia.

PHOENIX – Democratic Senator Mark Kelly won re-election on Friday in the key swing state of Arizona, beating Republican venture capitalist Blake Masters to help his party win a victory in taking control of the room for the next two years of Joe Biden’s presidency.

With Vice President Kamala Harris’ inconclusive vote, Democrats could retain control of the Senate by winning the Nevada race, which is still too early to call, or the vote in November. arrived in Georgia. Republicans must now win both of those races to get a majority.

The Arizona race is one of the few that Republicans are targeting in their bid for 50-50 control of the Senate. It was a test of the inroads Kelly and other Democrats have made in a state once reliably dominated by the GOP. Kelly’s victory shows that the Democrats’ success in Arizona is not a mistake during Donald Trump’s presidency.

Other races in Arizona, including the closely watched gubernatorial race between Katie Hobbs of the Democratic Party and Kari Lake of the Republican Party, are too early to hold on Friday night.

Kelly, a former NASA astronaut who flew into space four times, is married to former U.S. Congressman Gabby Giffords, who inspired the nation with his recovery from a gunshot wound. during an assassination attempt in 2011 that left six people dead and 13 wounded. Kelly and Giffords went on to co-found a gun safety advocacy group.

Kelly’s victory in the 2020 special election fueled by the death of Republican Senator John McCain gave Democrats both Arizona’s Senate seats for the first time in 70 years. The change is driven by the state’s rapidly changing demographics and Trump’s unpopularity.

Kelly’s 2022 campaign is largely focused on advocating abortion rights, protecting Social Security, reducing drug prices, and ensuring a steady water supply amid a drought that has cut the Colorado River’s water supply. of Arizona.

With President Joe Biden grappling with low approval ratings, Kelly has distanced herself from the president, especially on border security, and downplayed her Democrats amid worries about the state of the economy.

He also sees himself as an independent willing to support his party, in the style of McCain.

Masters, an associate of billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, tried to infiltrate Kelly’s independent image, linking him to Biden’s failure to secure the US-Mexico border and control inflation spread widely.

Masters is loved by many of the GOP primaries for his provocative taste and contrarian thinking. He called for the privatization of Social Security, took a hardline stance against abortion, and promoted the racist theory popular with white nationalists that Democrats were seeking to use the immigrated to replace whites in America.

But after being bruised by a controversial primaries, Masters has struggled to raise money and has been pushed to defend his controversial views.

He got Trump’s endorsement after declaring “Trump won in 2020,” but under pressure during a debate last month, he admitted that he has not seen evidence that the conflict The election was rigged. He then doubled down on the false claim that Trump won.

After the primaries, he removed some of the more controversial stances from his website, but that wasn’t enough for the mildly wavering voters who decided the election.

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Edmund DeMarche

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