Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Wins Arizona Senate Seat


According to Fox News, "Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema increased her advantage over Republican challenger Martha McSally in the Arizona U.S. Senate to more than 32,000 votes Sunday as the state's gradual count continued".

In a Twitter post, McSally said she had called Sinema to congratulate her. "It's risky and it lessens who we are as a country, but Arizona proved there is a better way forward.' She also paid tribute to 'irreplaceable" senator John McCain, saying 'his example shines a light on our way forward'. "And now it's time to get to work", Sinema said in a victory speech Monday night.

In her early political career, she was a Green Party activist who protested the Iraq War, although in Congress she joined the bipartisan Problem Solvers' Caucus and developed a reputation as a staunch centrist. Her win cemented Arizona as a swing state after years of Republican dominance.

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

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

The open seat, vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. Democrats now have 47 Senate seats, while Republicans have 51.

Flake was an outspoken critic of Trump and announced in 2017 that he would not seek re-election, acknowledging he could not win a GOP primary in the current political climate.

One of the last major races in the 2018 midterm elections was just called for Democrats. McSally is a retired Air Force colonel and was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat. McSally argued that she would protect patients, despite her vote on the bill that would have removed many of those protections.

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is citing a Republican as her example as she prepares to become Arizona's first female senator. John McCain, who died this past August.

Attempting to prove her conservative bona fides during a primary fight with former state Sen.

The Sinema campaign said that this isn't possible. His support of the president's initiatives, however, was mixed.