Despite election week almost being over, some races are still too close to call. However, one Democrat is seeing their lead over their Republican counterpart widening, and it is absolutely delicious.
Kyrsten Sinema, the Arizona Democratic candidate running for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat, has seen her lead margin grow as more votes have been counted over Republican Martha McSally. As of Friday evening, Sinema was leading McSally 49.3 to 48.3 percent.
The Washington Post reported:
‘Sinema now leads McSally, 49.3 percent to 48.3 percent, according to results provided by election officials at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Friday. The two congresswomen were separated by 20,203 ballots cast statewide, with a Green Party candidate lagging far behind.’
The Associated Press reported:
‘A new batch of votes from the state’s largest county gives her a lead of more than 20,000 votes out of 2 million counted.’
Sinema’s campaign manager Andrew Piatt commented on the growing lead:
‘Once again, today’s data confirmed our expectation that as the ballots are counted, Kyrsten will steadily build her advantage and be elected to the U.S. Senate.’
According to ABC 15, Sinema had 991,189 votes with McSally having 970,986. They also noted about 362,000 remained untallied.
Throughout the week, McSally appeared to consistently lead over Sinema.
If Sinema were able to win the Senate seat, it would be a significant win for Democrats in the U.S. Senate. It was a longshot to expect Democrats to retake the Senate; however, Sinema winning would be a red seat flipped to blue, and it would mean a smaller majority for Republicans.
According to the Washington Post, the Republicans could end up holding 54 seats if Democrats lose the Senate races that are still being counted.
‘As it stands now, Republicans will hold at least 51 seats in the Senate come January, while Democrats will hold at least 46, including two that will be held by independents who caucus with the Democrats.
‘Depending on the outcome of the remaining three races, Republicans could hold as many as 54 seats, while Democrats could have as many as 49.
‘Republicans currently hold a 51-to-49 majority in the Senate.’
Like other races in the country, the Arizona race has seen controversy and legal action has been taken. Republicans in Arizona attempted to stop election officials from verifying signatures after poll closings. The move was criticized by the late Sen. John McCain’s wife Cindy McCain.
‘I am one of those mail-in ballots. I was under the impression my vote was always counted.’
The midterm elections in 2018 have been historic and should be used as constant reminders why one vote can actually count. Until recently, it’s always been difficult to imagine how one vote can count in the big picture. However, with so many races that are still being counted or are headed towards a recount, it’s become apparent just how important one vote can matter and why one individual should get up and vote.
Additionally, this also serves as another important lesson. Never concede until all the votes are counted.
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