Arizona Governor Doug Ducey officially picked Republican Martha McSally to fill John McCain’s empty Senate seat Tuesday; sending the GOP politician to Washington just weeks after her loss to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the 2018 midterm elections.
“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed GOP Rep. Martha McSally to the Senate seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Jon Kyl — tapping McSally as the Republican contender in a 2020 special election that will be among the most competitive Senate races in the country that year,” writes Politico.
“With her experience and long record of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate,” read a statement from the Governor’s office.
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IT’S OFFICIAL: Martha McSally Concedes Arizona Senate Race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema
GOP senate candidate Martha McSally officially conceded her race against Democrat Kyrsten Sinema this week, with new data showing the Republican trailing her opponent by over 38,000 ballots with nearly 100% of the vote counted.
“Congrats to @kyrstensinema. I wish her success,” McSally tweeted from her official campaign account. “I’m grateful to all those who supported me in this journey. I’m inspired by Arizonans’ spirit and our state’s best days are ahead of us.”
Congrats to @kyrstensinema. I wish her success. I’m grateful to all those who supported me in this journey. I’m inspired by Arizonans’ spirit and our state’s best days are ahead of us. pic.twitter.com/tw0uKgi3oO
— Martha McSally for U.S. Senate (@MarthaMcSally) November 13, 2018
“As long as I’ve served Arizona, I’ve worked to help others see our common humanity & find common ground,” Sinema posted after McSally conceded. “That’s the same approach I’ll take to representing our great state in the Senate, where I’ll be an independent voice for all Arizonans.
As long as I’ve served Arizona, I’ve worked to help others see our common humanity & find common ground. That’s the same approach I’ll take to representing our great state in the Senate, where I’ll be an independent voice for all Arizonans.
Thank you, Arizona. Let’s get to work. pic.twitter.com/iX6u6VQ9bQ
— Kyrsten Sinema (@kyrstensinema) November 13, 2018
ELECTION UPDATE: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema TAKES THE LEAD in Arizona
While the 2018 midterm elections technically came to an end Tuesday, votes are still being collected and counted in Arizona; where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema now leads Republican candidate Martha McSally by nearly 10,000 ballots.
“In Arizona, Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema suddenly took a narrow 9,600-vote lead over GOP opponent Martha McSally late Thursday, with some 400,000 votes left to count in a closely watched race that will determine the size and influence of the Republican Senate majority in January,” writes Fox News.
McSally has maintained a slight lead over Sinema since election day by n early 17,000 votes.
Similar efforts are taking place in Georgia and Florida, where Republicans initially defeated their Democratic opponents in Senate and Governor races across the southeastern United States.
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