Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters refused to concede his race against Democrat incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly Saturday, hours after news outlets called the election in Kelly’s favor — and vowed to fight on until “every legal vote is counted.”

“For my people who knocked doors in 115-degree heat, and for the million+ Arizonans who put their faith in me, we are going to make sure that every legal vote is counted,” Masters wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.

Sen. Mark Kelly
Outlets called the results on Friday night, naming Sen. Kelly the winner in Arizona.
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“If, at the end, Senator Kelly has more of them than I do, then I will congratulate him on a hard-fought victory,” he continued. “But voters decide, not the media; let’s count the votes.”

With an estimated 85% of Arizona ballots counted, Kelly holds a substantial 5.7% lead over Masters, according to RealClearPolitics.

But Republicans insist that the 395,000 ballots still outstanding as of late Friday — most of them cast on Election Day in Republican-heavy precincts — will trend strongly in their favor, fueling their hopes of a photo-finish victory for both Masters and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake, who trails Democrat Katie Hobbs by just 31,000 votes.

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