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Senator Martha McSally concedes, offers support in Mark Kelly's transition to Senate seat

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 15:27:19-05

PHOENIX — Senator Martha McSally has conceded the race for a seat in the U.S. Senate against Mark Kelly.

Senator McSally was running to keep her seat that she was appointed to in 2018 following the death of Senator John McCain.

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McSally released a statement Friday saying she has conceded the race.

"With nearly all the votes counted, I called Mark Kelly this morning to congratulate him on winning this race. I also offered support in his transition to ensure Arizonans are best served during this time. I wish him all the best. It has been an absolute honor to fight for and serve Arizona in the U.S. Senate, especially during these unprecedented times."

Leading up to the election, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey backed the Republican candidate and after she announced she conceded the race, Ducey released a statement via Twitter.

McSally's statement goes on to say:

"Thanks to Governor Ducey for giving me this extraordinary opportunity to serve. I will always be inspired by the strength, resilience, innovation, and compassion that I witnessed from Arizonans as I traveled throughout our great state. I will never forget what I learned from all of you. I will miss engaging with Arizonans to hear their challenges and how I could help when I deployed to D.C. I am so grateful for the opportunity to solve many problems through legislation, secure funding and pandemic relief for Arizona, deliver results to constituents getting the run around from bureaucracies, and fight for the hardworking people of our amazing state.

While falling short, I am deeply humbled to have received the second most votes ever cast by Arizonans for a statewide race. I am thankful for the more than 1.6 million Arizonans who voted for me and everyone who dedicated their time, resources, and prayers to our campaign. Like nearly everything in my life, it was a high-risk, high-purpose fight. Thank you to all my faithful wingmen and wingwomen. I am proud of our effort, as we truly left it all out on the field. After fighting for our country for more than three decades—the last nine in the political arena—I trust God will lead me to my next mission to make a difference after I get a little rest. Thank you, Arizona! It's been an honor to serve you, and I know our future is bright and blessed.”