The Arizona Senate race has been declared for incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly, who beat Republican challenger Blake Masters.
With 83% of the vote counted, Masters has received 46.1% of the vote while Kelly has received 51.8% of the vote so far.
Kelly, who initially took office after defeating Republican challenger Martha McSally in 2020, has voted reliably in line with President Joe Biden’s policy agenda, including key issues such as border security and immigration.
Kelly held a significant lead in the polls for much of the race, with the incumbent holding a six-point lead as recently as late September, according to Real clean politics poll average. The race grew tighter throughout the month of October, with the polling average finally showing only Kelly with a one-point lead as of November fourth.
During the campaign, Kelly attacked Masters’ stance on abortion, commenting in their discussion: “You think you know better than women and doctors about abortion,” going on to say, “We all know guys like that and we can’t let them make decisions for us because it’s just dangerous.”
Kelly often are commercially available the same to voters as a moderate senator who focuses on bipartisan cooperation rather than voting on lock with President Biden’s priorities. During one interviewKelly opposed overturning Roe v. Wade but did not discuss what limits, if any, there should be on abortion.
Meanwhile, Masters has focused much of his campaign on immigration and border security, often criticizing the incumbent Democrat for his vote share on the issue. During their conversation in early October, Master went so far as to tell Kelly that he would have to resign from the Senate if he was unable to defend our southern border.
Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly: “I’ve been focused on the border since day one.”@bgmasters: “We have an open southern border, so if that’s the best you can do, I respectfully ask that you resign.” 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/lKxpaL9ZGY
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 7, 2022
Masters also often was discussed the fentanyl crisis in media appearances, charging that Kelly pretended to care but had not taken sufficient action to combat the spread of the deadly drug, which is often trafficked across the southern border.