Democratic Senator Mark Kelly wins re-election bid in Arizona

The Arizona Senate race was called for incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly, who beat his Republican challenger Blake Masters.

With 83% of the vote reported, Masters received 46.1% of the vote while Kelly has so far received 51.8% of the vote.

Kelly, who originally took office after defeating Republican opponent Martha McSally in 2020, voted reliably in line with President Joe Biden’s policy agenda, including on key issues such as border security and immigration.

Kelly had a significant lead in the polls for much of the race, with the incumbent holding a six-point lead as recently as late September, according to the Really clear policy poll average. The race narrowed throughout October, with the poll average finally showing Kelly only a point ahead from November 4.

Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, left, smiles while standing on stage with Republican challenger Blake Masters, right, before a televised debate in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin )

Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, left, smiles while standing on stage with Republican challenger Blake Masters, right, before a televised debate in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin )

During the campaign, Kelly attacked Masters’ position on abortion, remarking in their debate, “You think you know more than women and doctors about abortion,” goes on to say, “We all know guys like that, and we can’t let them make decisions about us because that’s is just dangerous.”

Kelly frequently marketed himself to voters as a moderate senator who is focused on bipartisan collaboration despite vote on the double with President Biden’s priorities. During interviewKelly expressed opposition to the overturning of Roe v. Wade but did not discuss what limits, if any, there should be on abortion.

Meanwhile, Masters has focused much of his campaign on immigration and border security, frequently criticizing the incumbent Democrat for his voting record on the issue. During their debate in early October, Masters went so far as to tell Kelly that he should resign from the Senate if he was unable to defend our southern border.

Masters as frequently discussed the fentanyl crisis in media appearances, accusing Kelly of pretending to care but of not taking enough action to combat the spread of the deadly drug, which is often trafficked across the southern border.

Spencer Lindquist is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SpencerLndqst and contact us at [email protected]

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