Term elections 2018: Democrat wins tight Arizona race

Clay Curtis
November 13, 2018

Arizona Republican Martha McSally conceded her razor-thin US Senate race Monday, providing Democrats with a key pickup in a state that has not elected a member of the party to the Senate in three decades. Nearly a week later, a victor still has not been officially declared; however, Sinema is maintaining her lead of about 32,000 votes (some 1.5%) in the polls over McSally.

In a video message posted on Twitter, she said: "I just called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on becoming Arizona's first female senator after a hard-fought battle".

Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSally, who was leading on Wednesday with 790,911 votes to Sinema's 768,737, with about 75 percent of precincts reporting.

"I am so honored that Arizonans chose our vision of a better Arizona".

McSally's attacks on Sinema reached back more than 15 years, when Sinema was a Green Party spokeswoman and liberal activist. She becomes the state's first female USA senator.

McSally hammered Sinema over her former liberal stances and claimed she was pretending to be a centrist.

ARIZONA: Dem Doubles Lead In Senate Vote Count
Cindy Hyde-Smith faces Democratic challenger Mike Espy. "The Democrats' legal strategy is clear as it is troubling", Lines said. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has jumped into a slight lead over Republican Martha McSally in the midst of the slow vote count.

McCain's historic thumbs down vote on the Republican attempt to pass a "skinny repeal" bill that would have permanently repealed the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and other provisions was one example of his effort to work with the opposition.

Ms Sinema becomes the southern state's first Democratic senator since 1994. Jeff Flake, a critic of the President's incendiary rhetoric. One of her political mentors, Jon Kyl, was appointed in September to fill John McCain's seat.

Flake tweeted congratulations to Sinema "on a race well run, and won", adding "You'll be great".

Ms Sinema, 42, later addressed her cheering supporters in Phoenix, speaking of the urgent need to heal the bitter political rancour dividing Americans. McSally argued that she would protect patients, despite her vote on the bill that would have removed many of those protections. She then became a Democrat and served several terms in the state Legislature.

Democrats, who reclaimed control of the House of Representatives in the midterms, have now flipped two Senate seats: Arizona and Nevada.

According to LGBT+ rights organization Human Rights Campaign, Sinema is the country's first openly bisexual Senator. But McSally came back to win the 2014 election, beating Barber by a narrow margin.

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