Mark Kelly sworn in by Pence, flipping Senate seat in key battleground of Arizona blue
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Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, giving Democrats a key pickup in the battleground state of Arizona.
Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, giving Democrats a key pickup in the battleground state of Arizona — where President Donald Trump contends the election was "rigged" and the results for him and Kelly shouldn't have been certified. Pence first swore Kelly in on the Senate floor with the state's other senator, Kyrsten Sinema, also a Democrat, holding a Bible for the occasion. Kelly was congratulated with elbow bumps by some of his new colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Then, the newest U.S. senator and the vice president took part in a ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber in another part of the Capitol, where Kelly, a former astronaut, was joined by his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords. "Congratulations," Pence told Kelly before administering the oath of office, adding, "It's an honor for me." All three wore masks. Kelly's twin brother, Scott Kelly, who is also former astronaut, also was in attendance for the second ceremony. He said it was "a little…