Republican Martha McSally lost her Senate seat to Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly. McSally, a military veteran and former U.S. House lawmaker, was appointed to her seat in 2018 by the state’s Republican governor after unsuccessfully running against now-Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, for the state’s other Senate seat earlier the same year. Kelly has been leading in the polls headed into Election Day.
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