McSally concedes Arizona Senate race

Arizona Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallySchumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up GOP group launches million ad campaign pressing Kelly on filibuster Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (R) has conceded her race to Sen.-elect Mark KellyMark KellyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions Graham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate Graham says he has COVID-19 'breakthrough' infection MORE (D) more than a week after Election Day.

“With nearly all the votes counted, I called Mark Kelly this morning to congratulate him on winning this race. I also offered support in his transition to ensure Arizonans are best served during this time. I wish him all the best,” McSally said in a statement Friday.

“It has been an absolute honor to fight for and serve Arizona in the U.S. Senate, especially during these unprecedented times,” she added. “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.” 

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McSally, a former House member and the first woman to fly in combat, thanked her supporters and aides and did not say what her plans are once she leaves office.

“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. Like nearly everything in my life, it was a high-risk, high-purpose fight,” she said.

“After fighting for our country for more than three decades — the last nine [years] in the political arena — I trust God will lead me to my next mission to make a difference after I get a little rest.”

McSally first ran for the Senate in 2018 to fill the vacancy left by retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots MORE (R). She lost that race to now-Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate Key Senate Republican praises infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (D) but was then appointed to the vacancy left by the death of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' MORE (R). Last week’s race was to determine who will serve the remainder of McCain’s term, which ends in 2022. 

She lost by more than 2 points to Kelly, a gun control activist and former astronaut.

McSally rankled Democrats last week after she refused to concede even after her race was called by several media outlets in Kelly’s favor, mirroring President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE’s refusal to accept his loss in the presidential race.