Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has officially won her race for Senate in Arizona, making her the first openly bisexual candidate to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
Yesterday afternoon, NewNowNext reported that Sinema’s campaign managers had declared the out candidate’s lead “insurmountable,” though some 220,000 votes were still being tallied across the state. Later that evening, Sinema’s opponent, Republican Martha McSally, formally conceded, also posting a video to Twitter to thank her supporters and wish Sinema the best of luck.
Congrats to @kyrstensinema. 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. pic.twitter.com/tw0uKgi3oO
— McSally For Senate (@MarthaMcSally) November 13, 2018
With Sinema’s win in the books, the U.S. Senate has confirmed seats for 47 Democrats and 51 Republicans, meaning the latter party still controls the Senate. (Two seats are still undecided, reports The New York Times.)
As long as I’ve served Arizona, I’ve worked to help others see our common humanity & find common ground. That’s the same approach I’ll take to representing our great state in the Senate, where I’ll be an independent voice for all Arizonans.
Thank you, Arizona. Let’s get to work. pic.twitter.com/iX6u6VQ9bQ
— Kyrsten Sinema (@kyrstensinema) November 13, 2018
However, Sinema’s victory is still huge: For one thing, she managed to flip her historically red Arizona Senate seat over to the blue side. She’ll also become the first openly bisexual person ever elected to the Senate, and will join the likes of lesbian Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin to represent America’s LGBTQ community. Sinema previously made history as the first bisexual person elected to Congress, when she won a seat in the U.S. House in 2012.
Baldwin, who was re-elected to her post last week, even took to Twitter to celebrate Sinema’s historic win.
Very happy to say I’m no longer the *only* openly LGBTQ U.S. Senator.
Congratulations to @kyrstensinema on a well-deserved victory. The upper chamber is lucky to have your steady leadership.
— Tammy Baldwin (@tammybaldwin) November 13, 2018
Plus, the Democrats have managed to flip the House of Representatives.