Democrat Kyrsten Sinema flips AZ senate seat

Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema

Sinema will waste no time getting to work after her late victory. She also paid tribute to Senator John McCain, who died of cancer in August. Results in Florida and MS are still outstanding.

McSally congratulated Sinema on her win on Twitter, writing, "I wish her success".

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, in an email to reporters, accused the Maricopa County recorder of trying to "cook the books" for Sinema. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has tangled with President Donald Trump and often criticizes the president's harsh rhetoric.

The race against Republican Rep. Martha McSally was tight enough that a victor wasn't decided until Monday, after a slow count of mail-in ballots gave her an insurmountable lead. And Republican Rodney Glassman remains 10,000 votes behind the two leading candidates in the race for two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission. Democrats still proved they are capable of winning in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, but the more mixed results in OH and Florida show Democrats have to put more states in play to give themselves cushion - and a competitive Arizona is exactly what they need. But Kyrsten Sinema should be feeling awfully good about her chances.

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

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Sinema had 1,097,321 votes, or 49.68 percent, and McSally had 1,059,124 votes, or 47.96 percent, NBC News reported Monday.

Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report has already called the race for Ms Sinema. McSally told The Arizona Republic that Sinema "has a lot of explaining to do if you look at her Green Party-pink tutu, proud Prada socialist past and her extreme makeover". She 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. "Arizonans went to the polls last Tuesday looking for bold new leadership, and that's exactly what they're going to get with their first-ever female senator and our nation's second openly LGBTQ senator".

In 2012, Baldwin made history by becoming the first openly gay person elected to Senate, in addition to being the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in Congress.

And her vote edge in what is supposed to be Republican Maricopa County also stretched to 45,000 out of almost 1.3 million votes tallied so far.

While Arizona Governor Doug Ducey won re-election, Democrats snagged the Senate seat and flipped Arizona's 2nd Congressional District. McSally is a retired Air Force colonel and was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat. She also was the first woman to command a fighter squadron, again in A-10s. Gabby Giffords after she was wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt.

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