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Blake Masters concedes to Mark Kelly, ending Arizona Senate race

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Blake Masters (left) and Mark Kelly

Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters congratulated Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly Tuesday on his reelection win, signaling a controversy-free ending to one of Arizona’s most-watched races.

People familiar with the call described it as cordial, with each man expressing “mutual respect” for each other.

The call brings a pedestrian ending to a race that from the outset carried major national implications for the U.S. Senate.

Kelly’s win helped Democrats preserve control of the chamber, and, if Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., wins the runoff election next month, the party would gain a seat in a remarkable reversal of longstanding midterm history.

In a tweet Tuesday, Masters referred to the call without elaborating. He said Republicans as a party must recalibrate their election strategies as “underdogs” moving forward. He gave no indication of his plans.