Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Arizona's U.S. Senate Seat Flips Blue as Sinema Declares Victory

Arizona's U.S. Senate Seat Flips Blue as Sinema Declares Victory

Her victory is the first time a Democrat has won a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona in 30 years, and means Democrats will have at least 47 seats in the Senate-as results from Florida and MS remain uncalled.

After a delay in ballot counting following last week's midterm election, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was officially announced as the victor of Arizona's Senate race on Monday.

Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSally, who was leading on Wednesday with 790,911 votes to Sinema's 768,737, with about 75 percent of precincts reporting.

Referring to longtime Arizona Sen. And she did it by pointedly not running against the president, or even critiquing his hardline immigration stance. "He always put country ahead of party", Sinema said. "She spit it out and did something else".

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 Trump more than 60 percent of the time. Her almost single-issue campaign talked about the importance of health care and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. McSally also claimed that health care is not one of the "things that matter", something voters sharply disagreed with her on. Ted Cruz in Texas. Republicans control 51, with two still undecided: Florida, where there is a recount, and MS, where there is a runoff.

Ms Sinema targeted moderate Republicans and independent women by painting herself as a non-partisan problem solver. "We saw that with Garcia". Sinema, who worked on Ralph Nader's presidential campaign in 2000, will become the first openly bisexual senator and the first female senator from Arizona.

Sinema took a decidedly middle-of-the-road tone in her path to victory.

She shifted to the centre after winning a seat in 2012 in the House of Representatives, drawing criticism from some on the left for siding with Mr Trump and other Republicans on some legislation.

The rise in LGBT representation in Congress comes alongside a number of other historic victories in last week's midterm elections. She is an accomplished triathlete, with two Ironman finishes.

Arizona's Senate race isn't over.

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

"All early ballots have been tabulated", the Pinal County elections office said on Monday afternoon.

In a call for unity and acceptance, Sinema continued: "We can work with people who are different than us".

"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.

Look for Arizona to become a battleground state in 2020. Jeff Flake, who opted not to run.

Despite its image as a staunch Republican bastion, Arizona is attracting younger, educated voters from elsewhere in the United States. After flipping the Nevada Senate seat, where incumbent Republican Dean Heller lost to Democrat Jacky Rosen, the blue party is slowly but surely making cracks in the Republican firewall in the American Southwest.

Republicans, with the most favourable map in a generation, will pick up at most two seats (depending on the outcome in Florida).

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