The Arizona Senate Race Between McSally and Sinema is Over

Frederick Owens
November 13, 2018

Republican Rep. Martha McSally has conceded Arizona's Senate race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

"I have never been into politics until this year", said Ms Oralia Ochoa, 26, a first-time voter who cast her ballot for Ms Sinema and other Democrats. Nearly a week later, a victor still has not been officially declared; however, Sinema is maintaining her lead of about 32,000 votes (some 1.5%) in the polls over McSally.

The Associated Press called the race for Sinema late Monday.

"He taught us to always assume the best in others, to seek compromise instead of sewing division and to always put country ahead of party", she said.

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

Sinema, a member of the centrist Blue Dog caucus in the House, had campaigned as a moderate.

Sinema's win follows years of Democratic shutouts at the statewide level in Arizona and shows that the longtime Republican bastion is becoming a swing state. Jeff Flake, who opted not to run. Ducey campaigned with McSally often last month.

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The race was certain to deliver Arizona its first female senator. She then became a Democrat and served several terms in the state Legislature.

"Senator John McCain stood for everything we stand for as Arizonans: fighting for what you believe in, standing up for what's right - even if you stand alone - and serving a cause that is greater than ones self", Sinema said.

Sinema, 42, has a law degree, worked as a social worker and was a political activist in her 20s, running as an independent Green Party candidate for the Arizona House.

McSally, 52, was the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat, flying A-10 attack jets.

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.

Democrats' win in Arizona is a positive sign for the party in 2020, when the state's electoral votes will help decide whether or not President Donald Trump wins a second term. Gabby Giffords after she was wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt.

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