30 minutes after polls closed, Kelli Ward’s campaign manager stood up at the campaign’s election night event and introduced Ward as the next U.S. Senator from Arizona. She spoke a minute later and said that everything seems to have broken her way at the last second, foreshadowing victory.
Ward received a boost in the last month, with high-profile endorsements and financial support from Robert Mercer in the form of a $200,000 contribution to a Ward-supporting PAC, according to Politico. The publication also noted that the PAC helped fund a $600,000 ad campaign attacking McCain. Several Arizona state legislators endorsed Ward last December.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, and Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel, Rep. Thomas Massie, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Virginia State Senator Richard Black, former Rep. Ron Paul, conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum, Tea Party Patriots leader Jenny Beth Martin, talk radio host Laura Ingraham, and three parents who have each lost children at the hands of illegal aliens joined Ward’s endorsees. She also picked up the endorsement of former Reagan official Bay Buchanan on Monday, who announced of her endorsement in the Daily Caller.