In a announcement released on FridayMcSally wrote that it had called on Kelly to congratulate him on his victory and offered support as he moved to the Senate.
“I will always be inspired by the strength, resilience, innovation and compassion I saw from Arizona as I traveled throughout our great situation. “I will never forget what I learned from all of you,” he said.
“As I fall, I am deeply humiliated to have received the second most votes from Arizona for a state-level race. “I am grateful for the more than 1.6 million Arizonans who voted for me and all those who have dedicated their time, resources and prayers to our campaign,” McSally wrote.
“After fighting for our country for more than three decades – the last nine in politician Arena – I believe God will lead me to my next mission to make a difference after a short rest, “McSally concluded. Thanks, Arizona! It was an honor to serve you and I know that our future is bright and blessed. “
She started her career in politics in 2012, winning the race for the second Grand Canyon State area. She won again in 2014 in an extremely tight contest and loser Democratic opponent Matt Heinz in 2016.
With 99% of the votes counted, Kelly, ex NASA astronaut, defeated McSally by almost 80,000 votes, or 51.18% to 48.82%.
Arizona was one of two states to see increased support for Democrats this year after voting in favor. President Trump four years ago.