Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema widens lead further in Arizona Senate race

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema widens lead further in Arizona Senate race

Republican Martha McSally conceded to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema on Monday.

If she's certified the victor of the race, she'll be the first out bisexual U.S. Senator, defeating a Republican who opposes LGBTQ equality.

According to LGBT+ rights organization Human Rights Campaign, Sinema is the country's first openly bisexual Senator. She will also be the first Democratic senator elected in Arizona since 1988, when Sen. "But Arizona proved that there is a better way forward".

McCain's historic thumbs down vote on the Republican attempt to pass a "skinny repeal" bill that would have permanently repealed the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and other provisions was one example of his effort to work with the opposition. Sinema started as an overt liberal but developed a reputation for compromise among her Republican peers, laying the groundwork to tack to the center.

The Senate race in Arizona was a battle of who could buck party the most and who could hold out hope the longest. John McCain died. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Republican former Sen.

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Sinema's win follows years of Democratic shutouts at the statewide level in Arizona and shows that the longtime Republican bastion is becoming a swing state.

There was widespread speculation that Kyl would step aside and Arizona's Republican Governor would name McSally to the role.

McSally's concession came after Sinema continued to pull ahead in the vote count Monday afternoon. McSally argued that she would protect patients, despite her vote on the bill that would have removed many of those protections. On the other hand, McSally was hurt by her vote to strip people of coverage for pre-existing conditions, something she tried to deny. She then became a Democrat and served several terms in the state Legislature.

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.

A retired Air Force colonel who made history as the first woman ever to fly in combat, McSally had to first survive a conservative primary challenge. That person would run for re-election in 2020. President Trump won Arizona by four points in 2016. Ducey campaigned with McSally often last month.

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