With ballots continuing to trickle in, it looks like Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is on track to win election to the U.S. Senate. Mail-in ballots continue to be counted—75 percent of all ballots are mailed in in the typical Arizona election, making ballot counting a slow process—and they’re breaking strongly in Sinema’s favor. She’s currently ahead by a solid 1.5 percent over Republican Rep. Martha McSally, who has pledged to hold out until all votes are counted. Some 200,000 ballots are left to tally in that race. If Sinema wins, she will succeed retiring Sen. Jeff Flake and flip a Republican Senate seat from red to blue.
—QUOTABLE: “With the latest ballot count, Kyrsten’s lead is insurmountable…McSally’s campaign said today’s results would be her ‘firewall’ but as we expected, no firewall emerged… Kyrsten will be declared the next U.S. Senator from Arizona.” -Andrew Piatt, Sinema campaign manager, in a statement
Republican senate candidate Martha McSally has seized a big advantage over opponent Kyrsten Sinema in their battle to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona. McSally, a former fighter jet pilot, is polling at 52 percent to Sinema’s 45 percent—well outside the poll’s margin of error. McSally, current a member of the House, enjoys a high approval rating in the state, while Sinema has been dealing with unearthed comments she made slamming the people of Arizona as crazy and that Arizona is the “meth lab” of democracy.
—QUOTABLE: “The game-changer comes from Independent voters, who have swung from Sinema to McSally since our last poll. We’ll know come Election Night whether they stick with McSally or swing back to Sinema.” -Mike Noble, pollster
More bad news for the Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona. Kyrsten Sinema was caught on tape in a 2003 interview agreeing with the host that it’s “a personal decision” for an American to decide to go and fight for the Taliban. Republican Senate candidate and former Air Force combat pilot Martha McSally pressed her on the comment at a debate on Monday, demanding Sinema apologize for saying it’s OK to commit treason. The Democrat tried changing the subject to a critique of the “ridiculous attacks” by McSally.
—QUOTABLE: “Fine…I don’t care if you want to do that, go ahead.” -Sinema in 2003 interview
—QUOTABLE: “I want to ask right now whether you’re going to apologize to the veterans and me for saying it’s okay to commit treason…We need a response because she owes us an apology.” -Martha McSally at debate
The GOP senate candidate in Arizona is experiencing a polling bump. Martha McSally, the Republican running to replace the outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake, is out to a six point lead over Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. The polling bump is an anomaly in a race where the two have been locked in a dead heat for months. But comments Sinema made about Arizona back in 2011 could spell big trouble for the looney liberal—in a video of a speech seven years ago, Sinema called Arizona “the crazy state” and Arizonans “crazy.” She states in the video that Arizona is crazy because of one factor: “they’re called Republicans,” she said. She goes even further in comments at an out of state speech to liberal activists.
—QUOTABLE: ”I want to talk to you about some of the things that I think that you can do to stop your state from becoming Arizona.” -Sinema in 2011 speech to liberal activists