Republican candidate in the Arizona Senate race Martha McSally conceded to Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema on Monday after the latest vote count showed McSally is behind by more than 38,000 votes out of more than 2.2 million ballots cast, Fox News informed.
“Congrats to @kyrstensinema. I wish her success,” McSally tweeted from her official campaign account. “I’m grateful to all those who supported me in this journey. I’m inspired by Arizonans’ spirit and our state’s best days are ahead of us.”
“As long as I’ve served Arizona, I’ve worked to help others see our common humanity & find common ground,” Sinema tweeted soon after McSally conceded. “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. Thank you, Arizona. Let’s get to work.”
Sinema’s victory means that Democrats have flipped the seat who was previously held by the Republican Jeff Flake.
Flake tweeted congratulations to Sinema “on a race well run, and won,” adding, “You’ll be great.”
Sinema is a three-term congresswoman, and Arizona’s first Democratic U.S. senator since 1994. McSally, a former Air Force pilot who embraced President Donald Trump after her opposition in the 2016 elections, had claimed that Sinema’s anti-war protests from 15 years ago disqualified her and said one protest amounted to “treason.”
During her work in the Congress, she built one of the most centrist records in the Democratic caucus, and she voted for bills supported by Trump more than 60 percent of the time. She also supported legislation for increasing penalties against people in the country who commit crimes.
Sinema 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. After that, she became a Democrat and served several terms in the state Legislature.