Democrat Mark Kelly prevailed in Arizona, bringing his party one seat away from gaining control of the Senate

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With Vice President Kamala Harris' tiebreaking vote, Democrats can retain Congress if they win the Nevada race or next month's runoff in Georgia. Republicans must win both elections to win the majority

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Democrat Mark Kelly won Arizona, putting his party within one seat of taking control of the Senate

Democrat Mark Kelly prevailed in Arizona, bringing his party within one seat of gaining control of the Senate. (REUTERS)

Democratic Senator Mark Kelly won re-election in the crucial state of Arizona on Friday, defeating the Republican b> Blake Masters and putting his party within one victory of securing Control of the House of Representatives for the next two years.

With the vote In the runoff of Vice President Kamala Harris, Democrats can retain control of the Senate if they win the Nevada race or the runoff the month that comes from Georgia. Republicans must win both elections to win a majority.

The Arizona race is one of the few that the Republicans were targeting in their bid to seize control of the Senate, which is divided 50%

Kelly, a former NASA astronaut, is married to former US Rep. Gabby Giffords, who inspired the nation with his recovery from a gunshot wound to the head during a assassination attempt in 2011that killed six people and injured 13. Kelly and Giffords went on to co-found the gun safety advocacy group.

“It has been one It is one of the great honors of my life to serve as a senator from Arizona,” Kelly said in a statement. “I am humbled by the trust our state has placed in me to continue this work.”

Democrat Mark Kelly won Arizona, putting his party within one seat of taking control of the Senate

Mark Kelly won re-election in the crucial state of Arizona on Friday, defeating Republican Blake Masters. (REUTERS)

Kelly's victory in a 2020 special election prompted by the death of Republican Sen. John McCain gave Democrats both seats in the Republican Senate arizonafor the first time in 70 years. The change was driven by the state's rapidly changing demographics and theunpopularity of Trump.

Kelly's 2022 campaign focused heavily on his support to the right to abortion, the protection of Social Security, the reduction of the prices of medicines and the guarantee of a water supply in the midst of a drought, which has reduced the banks of the Colorado River.

Faced with low Joe Biden's approval ratings, Kelly distanced himself from the president, especially on border security, and downplayed his Democratic affiliation amid angst about the state of the economy.

He also presented himself as an independent willing to defy his party, à la < b>McCain.

The Republican Blake Masters tried to interfere with Kelly's independent image, aligning him with Biden's failure to secure the US-Mexico border and rein in runaway inflation.

Democrat Mark Kelly prevailed in Arizona, bringing his party one seat away from control of the Senate

He won Trump's endorsement after claiming the former president won in 2020, but under pressure during a debate last month, he acknowledged that he has seen no evidence that the election was rigged. (REUTERS)

Masters endeared himself to many Republican Party primary voters for his penchant for provocation and contrary thinking. He called for the privatization of Social Security, took a hard-line stance against abortion, and promoted a racist theory popular among white nationalists that Democrats intend to useimmigration > to replace whites in America.

He won Trump's endorsement after claiming the former president won in 2020, but under pressure during a debate last month, He acknowledged that he has seen no evidence that the elections were rigged.

(With information from The Associated Press)

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