Democrats flip Arizona US Senate seat with Sinema victory

Pauline Gross
November 13, 2018

Jeff Flake, went into overtime for nearly a week until Monday evening when the Associated Press called the race and Republican Rep. Martha McSally conceded to her rival.

McSally also posted a video saying she had called Sinema to congratulate her.

Sinema, a three-term congresswoman, is Arizona's first Democratic U.S. senator since 1994.

Kyrsten Sinema's campaign has said that her lead in the Senate race is "insurmountable". Sinema was declared the victor Monday as her lead grew insurmountable during Arizona's lengthy vote-count. "I wish her all success as she represents Arizona in the Senate", McSally said.

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

But during her six years in Congress, Sinema built one of most centrist records in the Democratic caucus, and she voted for bills backed by Trump more than 60 percent of the time.

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The upheaval comes as Arizona, long a Republican bastion, emerges as a swing state in presidential elections.

McSally's attacks on Sinema reached back more than 15 years, when Sinema was a Green Party spokeswoman and liberal activist.

Sinema criticized McSally's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and kept her distance from national Democrats. Jeff Flake, she becomes the first Democrat Arizona has elected to the Senate since 1988.

Democrats' win in Arizona is a positive sign for the party in 2020, when the state's electoral votes will help decide whether or not President Donald Trump wins a second term. McSally argued that she would protect patients, despite her vote on the bill that would have removed many of those protections. She cited the example of John McCain, who died in August.

One of the last major races in the 2018 midterm elections was just called for Democrats. She will be the first openly bisexual senator in history, as well as the first woman to ever serve as a senator from Arizona.

Attempting to prove her conservative bona fides during a primary fight with former state Sen. Democratic lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema is expected to move her office from the House, where she is now, to the Senate. His support of the president's initiatives, however, was mixed.

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