Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D), who was declared the winner on Monday in Arizona’s Senate race, called for bipartisanship and ending partisan gridlock in her victory speech, invoking the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump Cindy McCain ‘disappointed’ McGrath used image of John McCain in ad attacking McConnell Report that Bush won’t support Trump reelection ‘completely made up,’ spokesman says MORE (R-Ariz.) as an example of how to achieve that.
Sinema defeated Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police No evidence of unauthorized data transfers by top Chinese drone manufacturer: study Senate Democratic campaign arm launches online hub ahead of November MORE (R-Ariz.) in one of the most closely watched Senate races this cycle. Sinema led by a margin of 38,197 votes, or about 1.7 percentage points, when The Associated Press called the race six full days after Election Day.
In a Monday night speech, the Democratic congresswoman dedicated a large part of her speech to honoring McCain, who died in late August after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
Sinema said the question she heard the most from voters was why the country has become so polarized.
“Arizona rejected what has become far too common in our country: name-calling, petty, personal attacks and doing and saying whatever it takes just to get elected,” Sinema told supporters in a Monday victory speech. “We can embrace differences while seeking common ground.”
“[McCain’s] example shines a light on our way forward. Sen. John McCain stood for everything we stand for as Arizonans: fighting for what you believe in, standing up for what’s right even if you stand alone, and serving a cause that’s greater than oneself.”
“It won’t be easy and it won’t happen overnight,” she concluded. “We can do this differently. For our country, for our future, for Sen. McCain, and for each other, I think we must.”
“Arizona proved that there is a better way forward…We can be friends with people who are different than us. We can love and care about people who are different than us,” says presumptive AZ Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema. https://t.co/rUrJKW05Ll pic.twitter.com/lgEtKpiMJC
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 12, 2018
Sinema becomes Arizona’s first female senator as well as the first Democratic senator elected to the state since 1988.
Apart from Arizona, Nevada is the only other Senate seat that Democrats picked up this cycle. Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Mnuchin sees ‘strong likelihood’ of another relief package; Warner says some businesses ‘may not come back’ at The Hill’s Advancing America’s Economy summit The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: CDC Director Redfield responds to Navarro criticism; Mnuchin and Powell brief Senate panel Hillicon Valley: Experts raise security concerns about online voting | Musk finds supporter in Trump | Officials warn that Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research groups MORE (D-Nev.) unseated Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE, who was the only GOP senator up for reelection in state Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE carried in 2016.
Republicans have already secured the Senate majority with wins in North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana. But the size of that majority remains up in the air as Florida undergoes a recount and Mississippi holds a special election runoff on Nov. 27.
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