Kyrsten Sinema Defeats McSally Flipping Arizona GOP Senate Seat

It’s looking like it was a blue wave after-all.

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Martha McSally to win the Arizona Senate race, the Associated Press projected Monday evening.

Kyrsten SinemaWith Sinema’s victory to flip the open seat of retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, she becomes the first Democrat Arizona has elected to the Senate since 1988. She will not only be the state’s first female senator but will also be the first openly bisexual senator in U.S. history.

Shortly after the race was called in her favor, Sinema wrote on Twitter that she will “be an independent voice for all Arizonans.”

The win in Arizona means that Democrats have narrowed GOP gains in the Senate to only one seat so far โ€” Republicans defeated incumbents in North Dakota, Indiana and Missouri, but Democrats flipped seats in Nevada and now Arizona. There are two outstanding races, including Florida, where a recount is underway to determine whether Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s narrow lead over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson will hold.