Arizona Senate race goes to overtime with glacial vote count

Erika Holt
November 8, 2018

One candidate familiar with the long wait is McSally.

Reported vote counts show that Democratic Senate candidates this year thus far have won roughly 44 million votes, whereas Republican Senate candidates have earned 33 million, per The Washington Post.

Her campaign said she made the remark because she was "frustrated that no one in the state legislature was standing up to out-of-state special interests working to take away health care from children, make tuition more expensive and take job security away from working families".

McSally tweeted early Wednesday that she was going "to bed with a lead of over 14,000 votes".

That leaves the contentious Senate race a cliffhanger in what's otherwise shaping up to be another banner Arizona year for Republicans.

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The election featured heavy statewide turnout of about 60 percent, more in line with a presidential election than a midterm.

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The Senate contest was the marquee race, featuring two champion fundraisers who are no strangers to tight races.

The seat was left open after Sen.

The race is a contest to replace outgoing Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a Trump critic who is despised by most people in his own party and chose to retire instead of running for re-election. "So we've just got to make sure that we stop Kyrsten Sinema from being our next senator". McSally, 52, is a onetime Trump critic who has embraced the president since his election.

McSally, the first USA female fighter pilot ever to see combat, received support from the highest levels of the Republican Party, including President Trump who campaigned with her in the Grand Canyon State.

In response, McSally criticized Sinema over her shifting views, contending she was still a closet liberal who disrespected the military.

She's a former Green Party activist who transformed herself into a more centrist Democrat.

"Because of the failures of Obamacare, we have so many people, right now, who are uncovered and don't have health insurance and health care - and many of them with pre-existing conditions", said McSally, who also pointed to high premiums and deductibles and limited choices in several Arizona counties. More Arizona voters identify as Republican than as Democrat by 10 points.

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