Comment: What the Democrats' big win in Arizona means

US Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema's lead in Arizona is growing

After several days, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is the apparent victor in Arizona's Senate race after edging Republican Rep. Martha McSally. The Green Party candidate in the Senate race, Angela Green, received more than 47,000 votes even though she dropped out of the race and endorsed Ms. Sinema.Even so, Ms. Sinema's supporters argue that her victory offers a path forward for Democrats seeking to win pivotal races in other Republican-held states.Meanwhile, some who voted for her want to see Ms. Sinema adopt a less accommodating approach to dealing with Republicans."I want them to put the president in check", said Laura Avila, 58, a faculty member at Glendale Community College, referring to Ms. Sinema and other Democrats who won in Arizona.Jonathan Figueroa and Maggie Astor contributed reporting.A version of this article appears in print on, on Page A12 of the NY edition with the headline: Democrat Declared Winner of Arizona Senate Seat Held by G.O.P.

"I wish her all success as she represents Arizona in the Senate", McSally, with her pet dog beside her, said in a video she posted to social media. "Thank you so much". "We came up short, but we gave it all we had and I am proud of you all and grateful for you". Those ballots then have to be verified based on the signature on the outside of the ballot. An Arizona Republic op-ed on Monday called for Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to appoint McSally to Arizona's other seat.

The campaign between the two congresswomen was a bitter race that took nearly a week to decide, with mail-in ballots still being counted. McSally started out with a slight lead, but as more and more votes have been counted, Sinema had taken over and was widening her edge. Sinema became the victor over Republican Martha McSally on Monday after a slow count of mail-in ballots.

Regardless of the tight nature of the race and the party power implications that came with it, the outcome was bound to be historic as the leading candidates were both women in a state that has never had a female US senator before.

Sinema, 42, is an attorney and has served in Congress since 2013.

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Flake was an outspoken critic of Trump and announced in 2017 that he would not seek re-election, acknowledging he could not win a GOP primary in the current political climate. Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham and Jon Kyl - campaigning on behalf of McSally. McSally also campaigned on her military record and support for the Armed Forces. John McCain's widow Cindy McCain made a rare public appearance.

The outcome of the race also means that this will be the first time in five decades that Arizona has sent more Democrats to Washington than Republicans.

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Mr Trump was quick to claim victory for his party after the midterms last week, but as vote counts continue across parts of the U.S. the Democrats are steadily chalking up victories.

Both topics were major points of discussion on the campaign trail. She did not attack President Donald Trump and treaded lightly on immigration. Dennis DeConcini retired in 1995, and the first female Arizona Senator in the state's history.

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