Mark Kelly has been elected to a six-year term in the United States Senate for the state of Arizona. The incumbent’s narrow victory puts Democrats one important step closer to continuing to control the upper house.
Three days after the midterm elections, CNN, NNC and others declared that the former astronaut, who was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2020, was on a solid path to defeat the Republican challenger Blake Masters in the former home of John McCain. Arizona’s governor’s race is still too close, but Democrat Adrian Fontes has now been declared the winner of the state’s Secretary of State position over self-proclaimed Oath Keeper Mark Finchem.
Kelly’s seat was widely considered among the most vulnerable of all Democratic incumbents.
“It’s a disaster, it’s a huge mess trying to mix up these ballots,” GOP candidate Masters told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson tonight about the zeitgeist surrounding Kelly, and some minor irregularities and tabulations in Maricopa County . Casting more doubt on the Arizona vote, the Republican National Committee claimed there were “deep flaws” in the Maricopa County vote count:
Of course, votes are still being counted in Nevada, where Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Republican Adam Laxalt are in a tie. Laxalt is in the lead now with 55,000 votes to count and less than 900 votes separate the two.
If Cortez Masto wins, Democrats will have at least 50 seats, as they have for the past two years, with Vice President Kamala Harris providing the tie-breaking vote to keep her majority in the Senate. If Cortez Masto loses, Democrats still have a chance to retain power in Georgia’s runoff election in December. 6, when Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) faces Republican Herschel Walker.
Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords was the leading recipient of campaign contributions from the entertainment industry, pulling in nearly $620,000 through the end of last month, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Only Sen. Warnock (D-GA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gathered more from the article.