TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Arizona will send two Democrats to the Senate for the first time in nearly 70 years when Mark Kelly joins Kyrsten Sinema in Washington.
The Associated Press reported early Wednesday morning, Nov. 4, that the former astronaut defeated incumbent Sen. Martha McSally, who was appointed to fulfill the term of the late John McCain.
“I am deeply honored that Arizonans have trusted me to be their next United States Senator and to serve in this seat once held by Senator McCain,” Kelly said in a news release. “We woke up today still facing a pandemic, a struggling economy, and deep division in our country.”
Control of the Senate was a razor-close proposition heading into Tuesday’s election and one of the biggest races is right here in Arizona.
As of 4p.m., Kelly was ahead of McSally with 53% of the vote.
Arizona will have two Democratic senators for the first time since last century and Kelly could be sworn in as early as the end of November.
Also, Arizona will have a senator from Tucson for the first time since 1995.
Kelly will face re-election in 2022, when McCain’s six-year term end.