Certainty after days of counting crime: Democrat Mark Kelly defended his hard-fought Senate seat in the congressional elections in the US state of Arizona.

Former astronaut Kelly defeated Republican challenger Blake Masters, the AP news agency and television networks CNN and NBC reported based on ballot counts. The Republicans had hoped to take the Senate seat in Arizona from the Democrats.

The congressional elections had already taken place on Tuesday. The counting of the votes in Arizona took a particularly long time because of the extremely close race between the two opponents and because of electoral peculiarities in the state.

The question of who will control the US Senate in the future was ultimately still dependent on the Senate races in three states. In this nail-biter, the victory for the Democrats in Arizona was therefore of particular importance. Only two Senate races have not yet been decided – in the states of Nevada and Georgia. There will be a runoff election in Georgia on December 6th.