Democrats flip Arizona Senate seat

Democrats flip Arizona Senate seat

The Associated Press called the Senate race for Sinema on Monday night and McSally tweeted her congratulations to Sinema.

Her race against Republican Martha McSally was so tight that her victory was not decided until Monday, after a slow count of postal ballots gave her an insurmountable lead.

With nearly all the votes counted, Sinema had a lead of 1.7% over her rival. She did not attack President Donald Trump and treaded lightly on immigration.

A former spokeswoman for the Green Party, Ms. Sinema, who was once a liberal and identifies herself as bisexual, has been criticised for being too centrist and voting for Mr. Trump's legislation most of the time, as per analyses of her voting records in the House by pollsters FiveThirtyEight.com. Sinema and Democratic groups lambasted McSally's vote for a House GOP bill to repeal Obamacare, which nonpartisan experts said would weaken the Affordable Care Act's protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Ms. Sinema, a former social worker, narrowly beat by 1.7-% margin her Republican opponent Martha McSally, a former Air Force pilot and also a Congresswoman.

Ms Sinema tailored her campaign for conservative-leaning Arizona rather than the national environment, but it may be a guide for Democrats who hope to expand the electoral map in 2020.

Sinema is the first Democrat elected in an open Senate election since 1976, when Dennis DeConcini was elected to the first of his three terms.

Sinema's victory means that Senate Republicans will have at most 53 seats next year, pending the outcome of a recount between incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson and challenger Rick Scott, Florida's governor, and a runoff in MS between GOP incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, an African-American former congressmember.

She was elected to congress representing a suburban Phoenix district in 2012. Kyrsten Sinema ran a campaign focused on the issues that every day Arizonans care about - including access to health care and the ability to make your own decisions about your body. About 2.1 million Latinos live in Arizona, about one-third of the state's population.

Arizona voters have not elected a Democrat to the Senate in almost a quarter century.

Trump visited only once on McSally's behalf in mid-October.

"It was like they spent the weekend at the kitchen table" filling out the ballots in anger, Gallego said. "But Arizona proved that there is a better way forward".

"The way he talks just to the public, it's not right", Villelas said.

Ron Horsford, a 50-year-old Republican, was at the same event and said he was excited to vote for Sinema. John McCain and rejected divisive political rhetoric.

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

For now, the win in Arizona means that Democrats have narrowed GOP gains in the Senate to only one seat so far - Republicans defeated incumbents in North Dakota, Indiana and Missouri, but Democrats flipped seats in Nevada and now Arizona.

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