Winner Declared In Deep Red Arizona Senate Race & People Are Furious

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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:

McSally also conceded the election to Sinema in a video, saying:

‘I wish her success.’

McSally is a former Air Force pilot who had opposed Trump in the 2016 elections, but came out embracing him and referred to Sinema’s anti-war protests 15 years ago as “treason.”
What is interesting about Sinema is that she is probably one of the most centrist Democrats who exist. She voted for bills backed by Trump more than 60 percent of the time, and backed legislation increasing penalties against people in the country illegally who commit crimes.
McSally attacked Sinema for her history as a Green Party spokeswoman and liberal activist. tuscon.com reported:
‘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 attacked MsSally on her leadership of last year’s failed Affordable Care Act repeal effort as a sign that she would not protect Arizona residents with preexisting medical conditions. Although she argued differently, her vote on the bill would have removed many of those protections.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) issued a congratulatory tweet:
According to tuscon.com:
‘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.’
After the 2010 Census, the 9th Congressional District was created and Sinema ran for the Phoenix-area seat as a centrist and won the 2012 election. McSally is a veteran and was the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat, flying A-10 attack jets.
McSally’s first race was in the 2nd Congressional District in 2012 when she lost narrowly to Democratic Rep. Ron Barber who replaced Rep. Gabby Giffords after she was wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt. McSally then won the 2014 election, beating Barber by a tight margin.
Twitter congratulated Sinema:
Featured image is a screenshot from YouTube 
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