Sen. Flake congratulates Sinema, praises McSally in race to replace him

14 November, 2018, 07:43 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • US Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema's lead in Arizona is growing

On Monday evening, the Associated Press called the Arizona Senate race for Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in her race against GOP Rep. Martha McSally. She went on to get a job as a social worker, and earned a Ph.D. and a law license.

"I am so honored that Arizonans chose our vision of a better Arizona".

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.

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

It is the first time a Democrat has held a Senate seat in Arizona since 1995, and ensures the Democrats will fill at least 47 of the Senate's 100 seats, with Florida's race going to a recount and MS awaiting the results of a run-off later this month.

"I just called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on becoming Arizona's first female senator after a hard-fought battle", she said in a video on November 12. Democrat Sandra Kennedy also maintains a 10,000-vote lead over Republican Justin Olson, her closest competitor in the race for Arizona Corporation Commission.

Despite its image as a staunch Republican bastion, Arizona is attracting younger, educated voters from elsewhere in the United States.

Shortly after the race was called in her favor, Sinema wrote on Twitter that she will "be an independent voice for all Arizonans".

Sinema replaces retiring GOP Sen.

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Also finally winning Monday is Democrat Kathy Hoffman in her race for superintendent of public instruction. Jeff Flake, who declined to seek re-election in the state.

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.

As a result, there will be no reasonable doubt as to the legitimacy of Sinema's victory - or of McSally's political viability going forward. The new vote tallies also produced welcome news for Democrat Katie Hobbs in her bid for secretary of state.

In the closing weeks of her campaign, she found herself hounded by numerous quotes from her past, such as a 2010 joke that Arizona is the "meth lab of democracy"; a 2003 email inviting "feminist witches" to an anti-war rally; a 2003 interview claiming "I don't care if you want to" about Americans joining the Taliban; and a 2002 email stating it "would be inappropriate to ask someone to not destroy property or to carry a weapon".

She was elected to represent Arizona's newly-created 9th Congressional District in 2012.

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.

McSally, a one-time #NeverTrumper and a retired Air Force combat pilot, changed her tune to survive a three-way GOP primary.

That should be of concern for Senate Republicans on the ballot in 2020 from Maine, Colorado, North Carolina and Arizona - and for US President Donald Trump in trying to put together 270 Electoral College votes in 2020. His support of the president's initiatives, however, was mixed.


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