AZ's McSally, Sinema Senate race runs down to wire

Trump's trade policies have scrambled partisan lines for congressional candidates ahead of the midterm vote with some Republicans opposing his policies and some Democrats supporting

The result of that election will determine whether the makeup of the Arizona Senate mirrors previous years.

Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema have been embroiled in a tight race for Jeff Flake's vacated Arizona Senate seat for the a year ago.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey was easily re-elected over a challenge from Democrat David Garcia, a professor.

The picture was more mixed in Congress, where Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick was elected to the Tucson-area swing district seat vacated by McSally.

The election featured heavy statewide turnout of about 60 percent, more in line with a presidential election than a midterm. The Senate contest was the marquee race in an election where Republicans appeared poised to sweep most if not all other statewide seats.

In the days leading up to the election, RealClearPolitics ranked the election as a tossup, with Sinema and McSally polling within a point of one another.

For Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally, Tuesday night was supposed to mark the end of a hard-fought battle that tested vastly different visions for the nation. The fact that most of the seats up for re-election were Democratic made the party more vulnerable to suffer losses, which Sens.

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Democrats believe the uncounted urban ballots dropped off shortly before Election Day favors Sinema. McSally is losing both Maricopa (by roughly 8,000 votes) and Pima counties (by a much wider margin of roughly 37,000 votes) but she pulled off big wins in the conservative rural counties. McSally, 52, is a onetime Trump critic who has embraced the president since his election.

She's one of the congressional Democrats most likely to vote to back Trump's agenda but has spent the race hammering McSally for casting a vote for the health bill backed by the president. As of Wednesday morning, Republicans have secured 16 and Democrats 13.

In response, McSally criticized Sinema over her shifting views, contending she was still a closet liberal who disrespected the military.

That appeal, and her perceived independent streak, is what drew Matt Winter to volunteer for Sinema.

McSally has painted Sinema as a radical leftist based on her activism in Green Party circles during the early 2000s, deploying old clips and images to tarnish Sinema, such as a photo of Sinema wearing a pink tutu at an anti-war protest.

But by 11 p.m. on election night, attendees at the Arizona Democratic Party's event at the Renaissance Hotel in Phoenix began to dwindle.

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