Democrat Mark Kelly Defeats Blake Masters in Key Senate Race: Cook
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 01: Republican U.S. senatorial candidate Blake Masters speaks at a campaign event on the eve of the primary, also attended by gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake at the Duce bar on August 01, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Masters, who has the blessing of former President Donald Trump, has seen his lead in the polls in recent days extend to double digits among likely GOP voters over businessman Jim Lamon and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich.  (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • He’s seen enough: Dave Wasserman of The Cook Political Report declared early Friday that Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) defeated his Trump-backed Republican challenger Blake Masters in Arizona’s key U.S. Senate race.
  • Kelly, a former astronaut and the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), won a special election in 2020 against Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ).
  • The seat was formerly held by the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who died in 2018. Wasserman called the race just before 1 a.m. E.T. on Friday.



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