Sinema wins in Arizona as Democrats capture a longtime GOP Senate seat

Sinema Now Leading by 32,000 Votes; Hobbs Takes 150-Vote Lead in AZSOS Race; Glassman Trailing By 10K in Corp Com Race

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Becomes Arizona’s First Female Senator

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

"That's the same approach I'll take to representing our great state in the Senate, where I'll be an independent voice for all Arizonans", she wrote.

Voter drives to register more Latinos, who generally vote Democratic in Arizona, appear to have paid off for Ms Sinema.

Ms Sinema started out in politics as a liberal activist and spokeswoman for the Green Party. Her win follows years of Democratic shutouts at the statewide level in Arizona and shows that the longtime Republican bastion is becoming a swing state.

"Third, the Democrats' win reveals just how miserably Republicans performed in a year in which Democrats held on to or flipped Senate seats in seven states that Trump won in 2016 (Montana, Arizona, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania)". Two races have not been called yet: Florida and MS, and the latter will have a runoff later this month.

Republicans hold a narrow majority of 51 to 47, with two other Senate races still unresolved on Monday: the close contest in Florida between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen.

Sinema succeeds Republican Sen.

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McSally backed Trump's tax cut, border security and the Affordable Care Act repeal agenda as she survived a three-way GOP primary in August, defeating two conservative challengers who claimed her support for Trump was fake.

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. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has tangled with President Donald Trump and often criticizes the president's harsh rhetoric.

White women split their vote between Sinema and McSally, according to AP VoteCast. 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.

She won by about 1.7 percentage points.

She was elected to represent Arizona's newly-created 9th Congressional District in 2012. "Second, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee's conduct in casting doubt on the vote-counting process was reprehensible, Ducey, Cindy McCain and McSally behaved appropriately, refusing to join in the anti-democratic process of delegitimizing elections that don't go their way".

During the Senate campaign, Sinema stuck to her centrist message, nearly robotically at times. The new vote tallies also produced welcome news for Democrat Katie Hobbs in her bid for secretary of state.

McSally, 52, was the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat, flying A-10 attack jets. His support of the president's initiatives, however, was mixed.

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