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The former astronaut put Democrats on a path to take control of the Senate.

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Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly won his bid for re-election in the key swing state of Arizona, defeating Republican venture capitalist Black Masters, moving his party one victory away from taking control of the chamber for the next two years of Joe Biden’s presidency. done.

As a result of Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote, Democrats could either win the Nevada race, which is too early to call, to retain control of the Senate, or next month’s runoff in Georgia.

Republicans must now win both of those races to win the majority.

The Arizona race is one of a handful targeted by Republicans in their bid to regain control of the 50-50 Senate.

It was a test for Kelly and other Democrats in a state once reliably dominated by Republicans.

Mr. Kelly’s victory shows that the Democratic victory in Arizona was not a blip in Donald Trump’s presidency.

Other Arizona contests, including the closely watched race for governor between Democrat Katie Hobbs and Republican Kerry Lake, were too early to call Friday night.

Mr Kelly, a former NASA astronaut who flew into space four times, is married to former US representative Gabby Giffords, who inspired the nation in 2011 by recovering from a gunshot wound to the head during an assassination attempt. What happened was that six people were killed and injured. 13.

Mr. Kelly and Ms. Giffords co-founded a gun safety advocacy group.

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Black Masters (Matt York/AP)

Mr. Kelly’s victory in a 2020 special election due to the death of Republican Senator John McCain gave Democrats both of Arizona’s Senate seats for the first time in 70 years.

The shift was driven by the state’s rapidly changing demographics and Mr. Trump’s unpopularity.

Mr. Kelly’s 2022 campaign focused largely on his support for abortion, protecting Social Security, lowering drug prices and ensuring a stable water supply during the drought, which has drained Arizona’s Colorado River. The water cut has been stopped.

With President Joe Biden struggling with low approval ratings, Mr. Kelly has distanced himself from the president, particularly on border security, and shed his Democratic affiliation amid anger about the state of the economy. gave

He also styled himself as an independent to support his party in the style of Mr. McCain.

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