Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona Senate race, flipping second GOP seat


Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's victory in the Arizona U.S. Senate race has sparked speculation about whether the state - home to Senate Republican presidential nominees Barry Goldwater and John McCain - is trending blue.

In Arizona, rising Democratic star Kyrsten Sinema was on her way, barring major surprises, to deliver a major upset and take the Senate seat held by Republican Jeff Flake.

Kyrsten Sinema has won a landmark victory to represent Arizona in the US Senate, becoming the first ever openly bisexual senator.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema participates in the pregame coin toss before the game between the Utah Utes and the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on November 3 in Tempe, Arizona. McSally also campaigned on her military record and support for the armed forces.

On Election Day, Sinema swung by Arizona State University's downtown Phoenix campus to hand out doughnuts and gleefully posed for photos.

"This week, Senator-elect Scott will fly to Washington to participate in new-member orientation, including the photo and voting in leadership elections", Scott's campaign told reporters. McSally also claimed that health care is not one of the "things that matter", something voters sharply disagreed with her on.

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. At a debate, she called Sinema a traitor to America.

Arizona has been a Republican bastion for decades, but Democrats are seizing on dissatisfaction with budget cuts and growing unease over the Trump administration's immigration crackdown to make inroads with moderate voters. Democrats still proved they are capable of winning in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, but the more mixed results in OH and Florida show Democrats have to put more states in play to give themselves cushion - and a competitive Arizona is exactly what they need.

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"All early ballots have been tabulated", the Pinal County elections office said on Monday afternoon.

"It was like they spent the weekend at the kitchen table" filling out the ballots in anger, Gallego said. She registered for the first time so she could vote for Democrats and against Trump.

Ron Horsford, a 50-year-old Republican, was at the same event and said he was excited to vote for Sinema.

"It's very powerful, especially with what's going on in the news, what we're hearing about women, especially even by our own President", said Zoe Ebling.

Look for Arizona to become a battleground state in 2020.

Democrats also maintained their state Senate minority at 13 out of 30 seats.

The party have taken the House of Representatives after picking up 32 seats, ending Republican control of Congress.