Flake congratulates Democratic successor on her victory in the Arizona Senate race

Flake congratulates Democratic successor on her victory in the Arizona Senate race

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WASHINGTON – Retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake on Monday evening congratulated his soon-to-be successor, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, on her victory in the Arizona Senate race.

Flake praised Sinema’s opponent, Republican Rep. Martha McSally, for making a dignified concession speech. Flake thanked McSally for her service to Arizona.

McSally, 52, is a retired Air Force colonel. She has served in Congress since 2015.

GOP Rep. Martha McSally conceded defeat in the Arizona Senate race on Monday evening
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The concession came almost a week after polls had closed.

McSally held a slight lead over Sinema in the initial days following the election but as the weekend approached Sinema began to build what many considered to be an insurmountable lead.

For months, polls showed a tight race with both candidates overtaking each other in the lead.

Sinema’s victory means Democrats will hold at least 47 Senate seats in the next Congress.

Republicans are projected to hold at least 51 Senate seats.

The outcome of the Florida Senate race is undecided pending a recount.

The Mississippi Senate race heads to a runoff on Nov. 27 as neither candidate met the 50 percent vote threshold needed for victory. However, the seat is considered safely Republican.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) is the first woman elected to represent Arizona in the Senate.
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Sinema, 42, is an attorney and has served in Congress since 2013.

Next year she will become the first woman to represent Arizona in the Senate as well as the first openly bisexual member of the upper chamber.

Arizona was once considered a Republican stronghold but the state has become more of a battleground in recent decades.

President Donald Trump carried Arizona by fewer than 4 points in 2016.

President Bill Clinton carried the state by fewer than 3 points in 1996. Clinton was the first Democrat in a presidential election to win Arizona since Harry Truman in 1948.

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