Trump runs a racist cult and as Jeb Bush and John Kasich warned, “he’ll destroy the Republican party, if he wins.” Well, he won, and the damage is underway. Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will win Arizona’s US Senate race, defeating Republican Rep. Martha McSally and flipping a seat that had been in GOP hands for 24 years.
McSally conceded the hard-fought race on Monday night — six days after the election — as county-by-county tallies of mailed-in ballots continued to increase Sinema’s lead.
“I just called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on becoming Arizona’s first female senator after a hard-fought battle. I wish her all success as she represents Arizona in the Senate,” McSally said in a video posted on Twitter Monday night.
Sinema’s victory showed that Democrats are continuing to gain momentum in the rapidly diversifying Sun Belt and firmly places Arizona among the most important presidential and Senate battlegrounds.
The race was certain to deliver Arizona its first female senator. And it came at a time of major change in the state’s delegation.
Sen. Jeff Flake, a critic of President Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric, opted to retire rather than face an all-but-certain loss to a Trump-aligned Republican in a primary — opening up the seat on this year’s ballot.
Then, in August, longtime GOP Sen. John McCain died. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Republican former Sen. Jon Kyl to the seat, but Kyl has committed to filling it only through this year — leaving the possibility that Ducey could have to select another new senator in the coming weeks or months. Either way, McCain’s seat is on the ballot in 2020 and is sure to be a top Democratic target.
The upheaval comes as Arizona, long a Republican bastion, emerges as a swing state in presidential elections. Hillary Clinton lost to Trump by just 4 percentage points there. The result, and the state’s growing Latino population, solidified Arizona as a battleground moving forward.
The fight between McSally and Sinema was bitter, with both drastically shifting their previous positions.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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