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

Geraldine Edwards
November 15, 2018

Sinema built her strength in the state's urban areas, including a 48,000-vote lead in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, 659,540 to 611,161. That forced her to move to the right, especially on immigration. I'm grateful to all those who supported me in this journey. Jake Flake, R-Ariz., who is retiring. Ted Cruz in Texas. There are two outstanding races, including Florida, where a recount is underway to determine whether Republican Gov. Rick Scott's narrow lead over Democratic Sen. "Thousands of dedicated Arizonans work in a non-partisan fashion every election cycle to ensure that every vote is counted". "We saw that with Garcia".

The 42 year old, who was first elected to her state's House of Representatives when she was 28, added: "We can embrace difference while seeking common ground".

She also underscored the fact that she had not voted for Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker.

Sinema, a member of the centrist Blue Dog caucus in the House, had campaigned as a moderate.

McSally, a former combat fighter pilot who was a Trump critic in 2016, represented a Tucson district that voted for Hillary Clinton. Republicans outside the Deep South should be concerned about their survival so long as Trump is president. She endured poverty and was homeless as a child, before becoming a social worker and obtaining a law degree.

"What are you going to do for people who are a little more on the left?" voter Petra Morrison asked.

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Sinema had said that if she was elected she would not be an "apologist" for either the Democratic Party or Trump. That's about 49.6% of the vote compared to McSally's 48.1%.

That's a volatile issue in Arizona with its growing, Democratic-leaning immigrant population. But Sinema fought this strategy to a standstill among two key groups of whites - younger voters and women. Democrat Sandra Kennedy also maintains a 10,000-vote lead over Republican Justin Olson, her closest competitor in the race for Arizona Corporation Commission.

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

Arizonans were among some of the first in the country to start casting ballots, with early voting starting in the Grand Canyon state on October 10.

"It was like they spent the weekend at the kitchen table" filling out the ballots in anger, Gallego said.

PHOENIX, AZ - Today, Kyrsten Sinema was elected to be one of the U.S. Senators for Arizona.

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

Planned Parenthood Action Fund mobilized its Arizona members to get out the vote as volunteers for Kyrsten Sinema and David Garcia.

Quote from Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund: "Congratulations to Kyrsten Sinema on her historic won".

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

Democrats also maintained their state Senate minority at 13 out of 30 seats. They took a 5-4 majority in the state's congressional seats and remain competitive in two down-ballot and uncalled statewide races.

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