Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, speaks during an Election Day rally at the Rialto Theater in Tucson on November 8, 2022.

Senator Mark Kelly maintains a large lead over Blake Masters in Arizona

Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, speaks during an Election Day rally at the Rialto Theater in Tucson on November 8, 2022.

Senator Mark Kelly is expected to beat Republican Blake Masters in the U.S. Senate race from Arizona after another key batch of ballots on Friday night left the challenger still distant in a contest that also boosts Democrats’ chances of winning. maintain control of the room.

The Associated Press called out the race, along with other major media outlets moments after Maricopa County released unofficial numbers showing Kelly, D-Arizona, widened its lead by an additional 8,000 votes instead of Masters cuts it significantly.

The AP made the call at 8:14 p.m. Friday.

Kelly, who has portrayed himself as an independent-minded senator throughout the campaign, called the outcome a result of a spirit of cooperation.

“Thank you to the people of Arizona for re-electing me to the United States Senate. From day one, this campaign has focused on the many Arizonans – Democrats, Independents and Republicans – who believe in working together to meet the significant challenges we face,” he said in a written statement.


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