On Friday, incumbent Democratic member Mark Edward Kelly, retired astronaut, a US retired astronaut, United States Navy captain, and politician serving as the junior U.S. senator from a critical battleground state of Arizona since 2020, won the Arizona Senate seat by defeating Blake Masters, a GOP supported by Donald J. Trump, the former American President. That particular race left the party in power one seat short in the fight to take control of the United States Senate with two more contests to be determined.
Mr. Kelly’s win on November 11 comes three days after the Midterm election’s polling closed and as the election officials in the southwestern state of Arizona continued totaling votes which are either mailed or dropped off, especially in the Maricopa County, with a population of 4.497M (2021 estimates). It grants the incumbents forty-nine seats, only one less to take the majority, with Nevada state still totaling ballots and Georgia’s race headed to a run-off on 6th December.
In addition, Mark Kelly’s projected victory meant Dems had fought to a 49-49 in the Senate contest. In his Twitter post, Captain Mark Kelly expressed thanks to the people of Arizona. He also expressed gratitude to all of the veterans for their service for the country and said: Arizona! He’s honored to work with and for veterans and service members in the U.S. Senate.
Statement from @CaptMarkKelly: “It’s been one of the great honors of my life to serve as Arizona’s Senator. I’m humbled by the trust our state has placed in me to continue this work.” #Arizona #Election2022
— Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) November 12, 2022
Furthermore, the U.S. Senate control and the shape of the US President Biden’s coming two years in office will now be decided by the election outcomes from Georgia and Nevada.
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Democratic members avoided historical trends by restricting their losses in Nov. 8 Midterms, shocking GOPs who had anticipated major gains. As a result, Biden’s party required only one seat now for the majority since Kamala Harris, the U.S. Vice President, can cast a contest-decider ballot. As of the latest updates from NBC News, the incumbent party flipped six seats in the Midterms and won 215 seats in the House and Republicans took 220 seats, flipping nineteen seats.
According to NBC News exit polls, Mark Kelly, incumbent Democratic Senator, carried independents by a margin of 55 percent to 39 percent and moderates by a margin of 63 percent to 33 percent. The retired US astronaut lost men by four points; however, he won women by twelve points. He also carried the state’s Latino electorate by eighteen points, assuring his win in the Senate race.
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