And McCain’s Seat Goes Blue

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has officially been declared the victor of the Senate race in Arizona, as her opponent Republican Martha McSally:

Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and former social worker, scored a groundbreaking victory in the race for a Senate seat in Arizona, defeating her Republican opponent after waging a campaign in which she embraced solidly centrist positions.

Ms. Sinema’s victory over Martha McSally, a Republican congresswoman and former Air Force pilot, marks the first Democratic triumph since 1976 in a battle for an open Senate seat in Arizona. Ms. Sinema takes the seat being vacated by Jeff Flake, a Republican who is leaving the Senate after repeated clashes with President Trump.

Ms. Sinema’s victory guarantees the Democrats at least 47 Senate seats. Republicans control 51, with two still undecided: Florida, where there is a recount, and Mississippi, where there is a runoff.

Unfortunately, Sinema is a Blue Dog, (literally) so I would not expect her to be particularly helpful in implementing any sort of Democratic Party agenda, but hopefully, she will be better than Jim Manchin.

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