Mark Kelly announces run for McCain Senate seat in Arizona

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PHOENIX (AP) ‘ Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who rocketed to the national spotlight when his congresswoman wife Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he’s running to finish John McCain’s last term in the U.S. Senate.

Kelly, 54, is a top Democratic recruit to take on Republican Martha McSally in one of the most closely contested Senate races of the 2020 election.

McSally is a former Republican congresswoman who was appointed to McCain’s seat last year after she narrowly lost to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. McSally leaned heavily on her record as the first woman to fly a combat mission as a fighter pilot, but she was hurt by her embrace of President Donald Trump.

  • Publisher: SFGate
  • Date: 2019-02-12T13:37:37Z
  • Author: By JONATHAN J COOPER Associated Press
  • Twitter: @SFGate
  • Citation: Web link (Read More)

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