Last Tuesday’s midterm elections resulted in some tight races – races that were so tight the results were still not in almost a week later. The state of Florida has even ordered a recount in the Senate, governor, and agriculture commissioner’s races due to the fact that the margin in all three contests was under .5 percent.
On Monday, a winner was finally declared in Arizona’s Senate race – Democrat Kyrsten Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSally in one of the most closely watched races of the election. Sinema will replace GOP Senator Jeff Flake.
According to tucson.com:
‘The three-term congresswoman won 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.’
Sinema issued this tweet to her constituents:
As long as I’ve served Arizona, I’ve worked to help others see our common humanity & find common ground. 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. pic.twitter.com/iX6u6VQ9bQ
— Kyrsten Sinema (@kyrstensinema) November 13, 2018
McSally also conceded the election to Sinema in a video, saying:
‘I wish her success.’
‘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.’
‘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 developed a reputation for compromise among her Republican peers, laying the groundwork to tack to the center.’