Arizona has rejected petty political attacks, says Democrat Kyrsten Sinema

Lamar Ellis
November 14, 2018

Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will win Arizona's US Senate race, defeating Republican Rep. Martha McSally and flipping a seat that had been in GOP hands for 24 years.

The Arizona Republic estimates that there are about 170,000 votes still to be counted, but they are predominantly from Maricopa and Pima countries, where Sinema has outperformed McSally.

An update to our earlier post thanks to a new batch of ballots from Pinal County: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's lead over Republican Martha McSally now stands at 32,292 votes.

Most of the ballots being counted in recent days had come from Maricopa County in the Phoenix area - which has 143,000 ballots still to process - though other counties are still going through smaller numbers of provisional ballots, as the trend was clearly in the favor of Sinema. She becomes Arizona's first Democratic U.S. senator since 1994.

"Congrats to @kyrstensinema. I wish her success", McSally tweeted from her official campaign account.

One of the last major races in the 2018 midterm elections was just called for Democrats.

McSally is the first female U.S. Air Force pilot to fly in combat.

"I just called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on becoming Arizona's first female Senator", McSally said in a video released on Twitter. This means Sinema is now ahead by 38,197 votes.

The 42-year-old was elected as a Democrat to the state legislature in 2004 and carved out a reputation as a liberal who could work with her conservative colleagues. McSally also claimed that health care is not one of the "things that matter", something voters sharply disagreed with her on.

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The Arizona-born politician, who spoke at the Human Rights Campaign gala this year, co-sponsored the Equality Act, which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to also ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As votes continued to be counted almost a week later, Sinema moved ahead then began widening the margin.

Arizona's unique politics made the current race so close.

Mayor of Tallahassee and Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, who once led in the polls in the race for Florida governor, is now awaiting the results of a recount.

Ms Sinema voted against Nancy Pelosi as the Democratic leader, supported relaxed regulations on banks and a law to increase penalties on people illegally re-entering the country.

Annise Parker, CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, said: "An LGBTQ woman winning a U.S. Senate seat in a state that voted for Trump is a game-changer, both for the LGBTQ community and the Democratic party".

It was unclear what will happen to the state's other Senate seat, which is held by Republican Jon Kyl.

But incumbent Republican Sen.

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