Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Wins Battle to Replace Sen. Jeff Flake

Leroy Wright
November 13, 2018

Sinema declared victory in her race against Republican Martha McSally Monday night.

McSally issued a video concession Monday after AP called the race for Sinema.

The concession by McSally means the Senate will have 51 Republicans and 47 Democrats in the upcoming Congress. Florida's Senate race remains too close to call, and MS will hold a runoff election at the end of the month. "Electoral corruption", Trump said on Twitter, citing no proof of wrongdoing.

The reality is about three-fourths of Arizona's ballots are cast by mail.

The campaign between the two congresswomen was a bitter race that took nearly a week to decide, with mail-in ballots still being counted. Ducey campaigned with McSally often last month.

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Sinema, a member of the centrist Blue Dog caucus in the House, had campaigned as a moderate. She will be the first openly bisexual senator in history, as well as the first woman to ever serve as a senator from Arizona. And it came at a time of major change in the state's delegation. Jeff Flake. Arizona was set to get its first female senator regardless of the election's outcome, and both candidates are barrier-breakers in their own rights. Trent Franks to discuss a potential primary. One of her political mentors, Jon Kyl, was appointed in September to fill John McCain's seat. Either way, McCain's seat is on the ballot in 2020 and is sure to be a top Democratic target.

Sinema's win follows years of Democratic shutouts at the statewide level in Arizona and shows that the longtime Republican bastion is becoming a swing state. Hillary Clinton lost to Trump by just 4 percentage points there. Democrats still proved they are capable of winning in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, but the more mixed results in OH and Florida show Democrats have to put more states in play to give themselves cushion - and a competitive Arizona is exactly what they need.

Votes counted on Sunday put Sinema 32,000 votes ahead of McSally, and there are 220,000 votes left to count. Gabby Giffords after she was wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt. McSally also claimed that health care is not one of the "things that matter", something voters sharply disagreed with her on. Sinema won Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen.

Kyrsten Sinema marks a lot of firsts...

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