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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), left, with retired astronaut Mark Kelly outside the Woodland Park American Legion Hall on September 7, 2018. New Jersey Globe Photo.

West Orange’s Mark Kelly has big lead in Arizona U.S. Senate race, poll says

Democrat has raised $31 million for race against incumbent, more than $575k of it from New Jersey

By David Wildstein, May 19 2020 7:11 pm

New Jersey native Mark Kelly now has a 13-point lead in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, according to an OH Predictive Insights poll released today.

He leads Republican incumbent Martha McSally by a 51%-38% margin.

Kelly, who grew up in West Orange, has raised $31,251,503 for his Senate bid, according to his first quarter report filed with the Federal Election Commission.   New Jersey donors have sent $576,504 to the Kelly campaign.

The Arizona Senate race is viewed as a pivotal component to a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, something that would make New Jerseyan Bob Menendez the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

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.

McSally has not led in a poll for more than a year.  Kelly now has a Real Clear Politics average of a 9-point lead, 49%-40%.  A Monmouth University poll released in March had Kelly ahead by six points, 50%-44.

A former combat veteran and congresswoman, McSally 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.

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