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Mark Kelly announces run for McCain Senate seat in Arizona

Mark Kelly announces run for McCain Senate seat in Arizona

Kelly, a former NASA astronaut and the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, on Tuesday became the first person to declare candidacy for the late U.S. Sen.

If Kelly is nominated, the race would pit a navy veteran and astronaut against a trailblazing air force pilot in the contest to replace McCain, a legendary navy flyer who was famously shot down and held captive in Vietnam. The victor of the 2020 election will have to run again for a full six-year term in 2022.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, announced December 18 that he was appointing McSally to fill the vacancy created by the August death of McCain, a Republican icon who had held the seat since 1987. The victor would have to run again for a full six-year term in 2022. The party is also gauging whether Arizona could be competitive at the presidential level in 2020. He flew on four shuttle missions, including STS-108 in 2001 and STS-121 in 2006 as pilot. He flew combat missions during the first Gulf War before becoming an astronaut along with his twin brother, Scott Kelly.

Kelly and Giffords have continued to push universal background checks in the years since, all under the guise of making Americans safer. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz, during the third day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Kelly and his wife were thrust into the national consciousness on January 8, 2011, when Giffords was the target of an assassination attempt at a meet-and-greet event with constituents outside a supermarket in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona.

"It was exciting. You know, I thought then that I had the risky job".

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Ms McSally was selected after narrowly losing her Senate bid in November to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema - who became Arizona's first Democratic senator since 1994.

"I care about people, I care about the state of Arizona, I care about this nation so because of that, I've decided that I'm launching a campaign for the United States Senate", said Kelly, a Democrat, in the campaign video posted on Twitter and YouTube.

Kelly told the AP Giffords, who has been a rising Democratic star before the shooting, will join him frequently during campaign appearances. Jon Kyl, resigned after only a few months in office.

Arizona has been a longstanding Republican stronghold, but a growing Latino population and frustration among women with Trump have helped Democrats make inroads.

"Captain Mark Kelly's life has been spent committed to public service, and 314 Action's network of more than 500,000 pro-science advocates is excited for him to continue that commitment by running for U.S. Senate in Arizona", Ted Bordelon, director of communications at 314 Action, a pro-science advocacy organization, said in a statement. Ruben Gallego, Democratic Congress member from Phoenix, is also considering a Senate run.


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