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Democrat wins Arizona Senate race

Democrat wins Arizona Senate race

The race for the U.S. Senate between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has been close and highly contested.

Sinema led McSally by 38,197 votes as of 5 p.m. Monday.

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

All this is significant because there are now only about 175,000 votes left to be counted.

Planned Parenthood Votes made an investment of $2 million, including a $500,000 digital ad buy to educate voters about Martha McSally's voting record, including votes to strip protections for people with pre-existing conditions and "defund" Planned Parenthood.

Ms Sinema's win achieves a long-time Democratic goal of making Arizona, with its growing Latino population, a competitive state.

"The Sinema campaign did the math that they needed to do to win and did everything to get there, and didn't allow themselves to get distracted", Democratic strategist Andy Barr said to the Arizona Republic.

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She paid tribute to the memory of the late John McCain, who also represented Arizona in the Senate until his death earlier this year, saying he had set a shining example of how to put national interests above party political ones. And even with Jon Kyl remaining in the Senate - or whoever Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint should Kyl quit in January - having Sinema as the other senator means a 6-5 delegation. "The former Air Force combat pilot adopted an aggressive tone, accusing Sinema of supporting treason over her 2003 remark that it was "fine" if a radio host who was asking her a question joined the Taliban".

On Twitter, McSally offered her congratulations and said: "I wish her success".

Sinema had said that if she was elected she would not be an "apologist" for either the Democratic Party or Trump. She backed legislation increasing penalties against people in the country illegally who commit crimes.

Sinema focused less on tying her campaign to the larger Democratic party, rarely mentioning her party affiliation in her campaign ads and instead describing herself as an independent.

Two years later she got elected as a Democrat from the central Phoenix legislative district, often championing liberal causes.

Sinema will be the first woman in the state's 106-year-old history to take a seat on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

He had been appointed to the congressional seat that had been occupied by fellow Democrat Gabrielle Giffords who eventually had to resign after being shot. "By doubling our influence with two passionate and tough LGBTQ women, however, the U.S. Senate will certainly find our community more hard to ignore".

Republicans, with the most favourable map in a generation, will pick up at most two seats (depending on the outcome in Florida).

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