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Former astronauts Mark Kelly, right, and Scott Kelly flank Essex County Commissioner Pat Sebold at the dedication of the Kelly Elementary School in West Orange in 2016. Sebold was Mark Kelly's English teacher at West Orange High School. (Photo: Pat Sebold via Facebook).

Mark Kelly raises $576k from New Jersey for U.S. Senate bid

West Orange native is challenging Martha McSally for Arizona seat

By David Wildstein, April 19 2020 4:28 pm

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who grew up in West Orange, raised $576,504 from New Jersey donors for his bid to win a United States Senate seat in Arizona.

Kelly, who is challenging Republican incumbent Martha McSally, has raised $31,251,503 for his Senate bid.

Hs New Jersey donors include Democratic National Committeewoman Marcia Marley and former Edison Mayor Jun Choi.

Kelly flew combat missions as a U.S. Navy pilot during the Gulf War and then became an astronaut on four space shuttle missions.  He became one of the nation’s leading gun safety advocates after his wife, Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Arizona) was shot in the head while meeting with constituents in 2011.

The Essex County native has been leading McSally in the polls since last August.

A Monmouth University poll released last month had Kelly ahead by six points, 50%-44.  A poll released in April from OH Predictive Insights had Kelly’s lead at 9 points.

McSally, a former combat veteran and congresswoman, narrowly lost a 2018 Senate race, but was appointed to fill Arizona’ other Senate seat following the death of John McCain.

She has raised $18,956,946 for her campaign, including $154,021 from New Jersey contributors.  McSally’s donors include GOP fundraisers Candy Straight and Kathleen Hugin.

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