It's been 30 years since a Democrat was elected to a Senate seat in Arizona, but with Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's victory over Republican Martha McSally, the winning streak for conservatives has been broken.
Six days after Election Day, McSally conceded the victory to Sinema saying:
"I just called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on becoming Arizona's first female senator after a hard-fought battle. I wish her all success as she represents Arizona in the Senate."
The seat is being filled as Republican Senator Jeff Flake announced he is retiring. Many see the victory as more proof that Democrats are gaining momentum in the sunbelt states. Sinema is the first woman and open bisexual to hold a Senate seat in Arizona's history.
Congratulations began pouring in.
Very happy to say I’m no longer the *only* openly LGBTQ U.S. Senator. Congratulations to @kyrstensinema on a well… https://t.co/eIcv6xAMu6— Tammy Baldwin (@Tammy Baldwin)1542077201.0
Congratulations to @kyrstensinema on a race well run, and won. It’s been a wonderful honor representing Arizona in… https://t.co/r8nzq9n6Xp— Jeff Flake (@Jeff Flake)1542074325.0
Women of the West. Two new great women Democratic senators from the western part of the United States, Kyrsten Sine… https://t.co/iX89CA5tto— Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer)1542128758.0
Congratulations Senator-elect @kyrstensinema on your historic win! https://t.co/9jcfrkDhBJ— Cory Booker (@Cory Booker)1542074686.0
Congratulations @kyrstensinema on your historic victory —Arizona is in good hands! I look forward to working togeth… https://t.co/VeyhjDCEws— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1542072000.0
The race has been called in Arizona! Welcome to the U.S. Senate, @kyrstensinema! Congratulations on becoming the f… https://t.co/HF1ZKDWczY— Amy Klobuchar (@Amy Klobuchar)1542074854.0
Congratulations to my friend @kyrstensinema! She’s a proven fighter who will stand up for women, families and equal… https://t.co/PXtwQPxmZw— Kirsten Gillibrand (@Kirsten Gillibrand)1542072283.0
Congratulations to @kyrstensinema for a well-earned victory tonight. She’s going to do incredible work for Arizona.… https://t.co/KRGmTCZYif— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1542082217.0
Congratulations to Senator-Elect @kyrstensinema on a hard-fought victory. We also salute Rep. @MarthaMcSally — than… https://t.co/7RkvTEyx6P— Doug Ducey (@Doug Ducey)1542072282.0
Very big news! @kyrstensinema has won the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Flake! Congratulations Senator Sinema https://t.co/n9KIUjBOyN— Steve Westly (@Steve Westly)1542072085.0
She making history in more ways than one.
Congratulations to #KyrstenSinema, the nation's first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. Senate!… https://t.co/41RIcwjJIa— The Advocate (@The Advocate)1542072357.0
The people are happy.
@TheAdvocateMag @paulwh44 Love injecting new blood into the those old boys who should retire. Give them a run for their money honey.— Ash & Boone (@Ash & Boone)1542076914.0
@TheAdvocateMag Go represent us well! 😃💖💙💜🇺🇸— BiNation (@BiNation)1542075754.0
@TheAdvocateMag I'm so proud of us. All of us!— Alexandra Whitney (@Alexandra Whitney)1542072665.0
@TheAdvocateMag We. Exist.— CodeMonkey (@CodeMonkey)1542078014.0
@TheAdvocateMag @stdennard And also the first woman senator in Arizona history!— pumpkin princess rose 🎃 (@pumpkin princess rose 🎃)1542074307.0
Congratulations Senator Elect Sinema!