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Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally posted a concession video Monday on Twitter in which she congratulated her Democratic opponent, Kyrsten Sinema, for winning the U.S. Senate seat in a tightly contested race.
‘I just called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on becoming Arizona’s first female senator after a hard-fought battle,’ McSally said in the video as she is seen next to her dog on a living room couch.
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‘I’m so grateful for everyone who voted for me,’ McSally said as she held her dog’s paw.
Sinema won Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat Monday in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake.
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The three-term congresswoman won after a slow vote count that dragged on for nearly a week after voters went to the polls on Nov. 6.
She becomes Arizona’s first Democratic U.S. senator since 1994.
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Her win cemented Arizona as a swing state after years of Republican dominance.
Sinema portrayed herself as a moderate who works across the aisle to get things done.
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McSally, a former Air Force pilot who embraced President Donald Trump after opposing him during the 2016 elections, had claimed that Sinema’s anti-war protests 15 years ago disqualified her and said one protest amounted to what she called 'treason.'
But during her six years in Congress, Sinema built one of most centrist records in the Democratic caucus, and she voted for bills backed by Trump more than 60 percent of the time.
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She backed legislation increasing penalties against people in the country illegally who commit crimes.
McSally’s attacks on Sinema reached back more than 15 years, when Sinema was a Green Party spokeswoman and liberal activist.
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McSally backed Trump’s tax cut, border security and the Affordable Care Act repeal agenda as she survived a three-way GOP primary in August, defeating two...
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