Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic representative for THE Senate, has beaten Republican nominee Martha McSally. After almost a week of counting ballots, the final result show the slim margin between the two candidates.
According to the Associated Press, Sinema won 49.7 percent of the electorate with 1.9 million votes, while McSally earned 48 percent with 1.5 million votes. Sinema will replace incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake as he declined to run for office.
Moments after the final ballots were counted, Sinema logged into Twitter to connect with her constituents.
“It won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight, but we can work together to meet the challenges our country faces. We can do this differently. For our country, for our future, for Sen. McCain, and for each other I think we must,” said Sinema.
McSally uploaded a video to her Twitter account, congratulating her opponent and reassuring her supporters as well.
“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,” said McSally.
This is a huge win for Democrats on a national level, as republicans control the Senate by 52 seats while the Democrats have secured 47. This is also historic for Arizona, as the last time a Democrat won the Senate race was in 1976 with Dennis Deconcini who beat Stan Steiger.
As a result, there will be more Democratic resistance to policies supported by President Donald Trump. According to NPR, despite the fact that the Democrats reclaimed the House of Representatives, Trump declared the midterm a “great victory” for the Republican party.
Final results are still coming in around the country. According to the New York Times, Florida has declared a recount in their Senate and Governor races, and Georgia’s Senate race is still to be determined.