Who Won AZ Senate Race: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema or Martha McSally

Aaron Brown
November 14, 2018

The Associated Press is projecting Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema to win the U.S. Senate race in Arizona, defeating Republican candidate Martha McSally.

Sinema criticized McSally's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and kept her distance from national Democrats.

Sinema will join Senate as its second openly LGBT member, with Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin winning her re-election race in Wisconsin, a state that President Donald Trump carried two years ago.

"It won't be easy and it won't happen overnight, but we can work together to meet the challenges our country faces", Sinema told supporters on Monday night in Scottsdale, Ariz., after multiple media outlets called the election for her. But over the past few days, Sinema's lead continued to grow.

She will replace Sen. Jeff Flake, a critic of the President's incendiary rhetoric.

It is the first time a Democrat has held a Senate seat in Arizona since 1995, and ensures the Democrats will fill at least 47 of the Senate's 100 seats, with Florida's race going to a recount and MS awaiting the results of a run-off later this month. She said: "Arizona rejected what has become far too common in our country, name-calling, petty, personal attacks and doing and saying whatever it takes just to get elected".

In her speech, Sinema cited the example of John McCain, who died in August.

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"She didn't put the progressive bit in her mouth and run with it", said Chuck Coughlin, a GOP strategist in Phoenix. She has brought Boomer to campaign rallies and even had him in the running in the "Cutest Dog on Capitol Hill" competition in 2017. It's been a wonderful honor representing Arizona in the Senate. "I'm grateful to all those who supported me in this journey". "I am so honored that Arizonans chose our vision".

The concession by McSally means the Senate will have 51 Republicans and 47 Democrats in the upcoming Congress.

Democrats also maintained their state Senate minority at 13 out of 30 seats.

In the West, Democrats flipped a seat in Nevada as Rep. Jacky Rosen ousted GOP Sen.

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

"Kyrsten has now expanded her overall lead to 32,640 or 1.52 percent, meaning McSally would have to win the remainder of Maricopa ballots by 22 percent to take the lead in this race", Sinema spokesman Andrew Piatt said. Bill Nelson (D-FL), and elections officials continued to tangle in court, as a Florida judge urged all involved in the key Senate race to tone down the rhetoric, in what nearly seemed like a message to the White House as well. Cindy Hyde-Smith wins the runoff against Democratic former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy.

"I just called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on becoming Arizona's first female senator after a hard-fought battle", McSally said in the video, her pet golden retriever by her side.

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