In un statement released Friday, McSally wrote that she had called Kelly to congratulate him on his win and offered support during the transition of the Senate seat.
She also thanked Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for appointing her to the Senate despite losing the battle for the other Arizona Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema durante 2018 elezioni di medio termine.
“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,” lei disse.
“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,” wrote McSally.
“After fighting for our country for more than three decades—the last nine in the politico arena—I trust God will lead me to my next mission to make a difference after I get a little rest,” McSally concluded. “Grazie, Arizona! It’s been an honor to serve you, and I know our future is bright and blessed.”
She began her career in politics in 2012, winning the race for the Grand Canyon State’s second district. Lei won again in 2014 in an extremely tight contest and defeated Democratico opponent Matt Heinz in 2016.
Con 99% of votes counted, Kelly, un ex Astronauta della NASA, defeated McSally by almost 80,000 voti, o 51.18% per 48.82%.
Arizona was one of a couple of states that saw increased support for Democrats this year after voting in favor of Presidente Trump quattro anni fa.