PHOENIX—Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat Nov. 12 in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake.
The three-term congresswoman won by 38,197 votes, a percentage margin of 1.73, after a slow vote count that dragged on for nearly a week after voters went to the polls on Nov. 6. She becomes Arizona’s first Democratic U.S. senator since 1994. Her win cemented Arizona as a swing state after years of Republican dominance.
Thank you, Arizona.
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Sinema portrayed herself as a moderate who works across the aisle to get things done.
Arizona exit poll from the Simena race. Note that more than 1 in 10 Republicans voted for the Democratic candidate. This made up her difference in margin and win over McSally. If moderates didn't exist, we'd see >95% of AZ GOP voting red. Not the case. pic.twitter.com/gnD6ZsvsH7
— J Padilla 🗺 (@chromium0818) November 13, 2018
Sinema has portrayed herself as a moderate, even as a slightly conservative Democrat. https://t.co/5JKkahYYOe
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) October 15, 2018
McSally, a former Air Force pilot who embraced President Donald Trump after opposing him during the 2016 elections, had claimed that Sinema’s anti-war protests 15 years ago disqualified her and said one protest amounted to what she called “treason.”
But during her six years in Congress, Sinema built one of most centrist records in the Democratic caucus, and she voted for bills backed by the Trump administration 62 percent of the time. She backed legislation increasing penalties against people in the country illegally who commit crimes.
Kyrsten Sinema doesn’t “want to draw too much attention to being progressive” — Lauren Fromm, a campaign field organizer
“She’ll be a vote” against Trump – Steve Andrews, one of her donors
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) October 30, 2018
McSally’s criticisms of Sinema reached back more than 15 years, when Sinema was a Green Party spokeswoman and liberal activist.
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. McSally also campaigned on her military record and support for the Armed Forces. Trump backed McSally as senator for Arizona in his midterm campaign rally.
The contest drew more than $90 million in spending, including more than $58 million by outside groups, according to Federal Election Commission reports. Attack ads by both sides clogged the airwaves for months.
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. She then became a Democrat and served several terms in the state Legislature. Sinema started as an overt liberal but has built a reputation as a more moderate candidate of recent times.
She will not only be the state's first female senator, but she will also be the first openly bisexual senator in U.S. history. https://t.co/fIiZr5COD3
— NPR (@NPR) November 13, 2018
When the 9th Congressional District was created after the 2010 Census, Sinema ran for the Phoenix-area seat as a centrist and won the 2012 election.
McSally, 52, was the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat, flying A-10 attack jets. She also was the first woman to command a fighter squadron, again in A-10s.
McSally lost her first race in Arizona’s 2nd congressional district in 2012, when she was narrowly defeated by Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, who replaced Rep. Gabby Giffords after she was wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt. But McSally came back to win the 2014 election, beating Barber by a narrow margin. She was re-elected in 2016.
McSally has congratulated Sinema on her win.
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