Sen. Mark Kelly Wins Re-Election To Put Democrats On Brink Of Retaining Senate

The victory also gives Democrats 49 Senate seats, one short of securing a majority with Nevada and Georgia’s races yet to be called.

ARIZONA (Fwrd Axis) — Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly won re-election after defeating Blake Masters in the Arizona Senate race on Friday night, putting Democrats on the brink of retaining control of the U.S. Senate.

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Kelly’s projected victory comes just three days after the polls closed and the latest ballot dump pushed Kelly past Masters, a Trump-endorsed Republican. The victory also gives Democrats 49 Senate seats, one short of securing a majority with Nevada and Georgia’s races yet to be called.

“Thank you to the people of Arizona for re-electing me to the United States Senate,” Kelly said in a statement. “From day one, this campaign has been about the many Arizonans — Democrats, Independents, and Republicans — who believe in working together to tackle the significant challenges we face.”

Kelly ran as a moderate, breaking with President Joe Biden on key issues such as immigration and vowed to protect abortion rights and build on Democrats’ achievements. He won moderates over Masters by a margin of 63% to 33% and independents by a margin of 55% to 39%. Among women, Kelly led by 12 points and lost men by 4 points.

Masters was hurt by an ugly primary battle and attempted to connect Kelly to Biden on key issues like immigration and abortion. In a statement on Saturday morning, Masters called for all the votes to be counted.

“If, at the end, Senator Kelly has more of them than I do, then I will congratulate him on a hard-fought victory. But voters decide, not the media; let’s count the votes,” Masters said.

Inflation was the top issue for 36% of voters and Abortion was close behind for 32% of voters.

Kelly was elected in a 2020 special election. His victory gives him a full six-year term for the seat that Republican Sen. John McCain held prior to his death. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is up for re-election in 2024.

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