Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally conceded to Democrat Congresswoman Kysten Sinema Monday night after a drawn out campaign for retiring U.S. Senator Jeff Flake's seat.
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— McSally For Senate (@MarthaMcSally) November 13, 2018
McSally's concession came after Sinema continued to pull ahead in the vote count Monday afternoon. Sinema is the first woman elected to the Senate from the Grand Canyon State and has succesfully flipped Flake's Republican seat from the red to blue.
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.— Kyrsten Sinema (@kyrstensinema) November 13, 2018
Thank you, Arizona. Let’s get to work. pic.twitter.com/iX6u6VQ9bQ
We’ll be going live from Phoenix shortly. Tune in here at 6:30 MST to watch ?? https://t.co/fPgGrWMklg— Kyrsten Sinema (@kyrstensinema) November 13, 2018
NOW Awaiting ?@kyrstensinema? speech to supporters in #Scottsdale. ?@AP? declared her winner of US Senate race, flipping GOP seat to Democrats. ?@MarthaMcSally? conceded a short time ago. Watch 12News & https://t.co/d8KmYxBpsh for speech. #AZSEN #12News pic.twitter.com/RkfSVjHjsl— BrahmResnik (@brahmresnik) November 13, 2018
New ballot counts were posted just an hour before McSally's concession showing Sinema taking a commanding lead. Projections showed McSally wouldn't be able to make up the difference once all ballots are tallied. The final total will be known by Wednesday night.
New trove of Maricopa County votes just reported -- new AZ running tally:— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) November 13, 2018
Sinema (D) 1,097,321 49.68%
McSally (R) 1,059,124 47.96%
McSally is the first female U.S. Air Force pilot to fly in combat. In 2003, Sinema said she didn't care if Americans travel to Afghanistan to join the Taliban.
This post has been updated with additional information.