The Cook Political Report is projecting that Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will win her US Senate race in Arizona.
According to the latest vote counts, Sinema has expanded her lead over anti-LGBTQ Republican Martha McSally to 31,666 votes (1,075,579 vs 1,043,913).
McSally held a small lead on election night with partial returns being counted, but the next day many mail-in ballots were still uncounted in Democratic leaning areas of the state.
Sinema's campaign released a statement today calling her current lead "insurmountable."
In order for McSally to overcome the current vote deficit, she would have to win the remaining 162,000 votes in Maricopa County by 22%, even though she has been losing that county so far.
Sinema will be the first ever openly bisexual US Senator, the first female senator from Arizona, and the first Democratic senator since Sen. Dennis DeConcini left office in 1995.
She will join out lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin as the only two LGBTQ members of the US Senate.
NEW: Kyrsten Sinema's campaign releases statement on the state of the Arizona Senate race, calling her lead "insurmountable." #abc15 pic.twitter.com/ujtqx7ZQbi
— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) November 12, 2018
Projection: Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) has defeated Rep. Martha McSally (R) in #AZSEN. This thing has been over for a while.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 12, 2018
Right before voting to repeal health care for 23 million Americans, McSally infamously said, "Let's get this f***ing thing done." Welp, now she's done. https://t.co/0j6lzIVvmF
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) November 12, 2018
— BlueVotr (@BlueVotr) November 12, 2018
Dems appear on their way to picking up close to 40 House seats. If Sinema wins and Nelson loses, the GOP Senate gain would be R+2 — when there were 10 Dem incumbents running in states Trump won. And national pop vote is approaching D+7pts — similar to '94, '06 and '10
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) November 12, 2018