Kyrsten Sinema, who rose from childhood homelessness to three terms in Congress, officially won Arizona’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race on Monday, making her the state’s first woman elected to the chamber.
Speaking to more than 100 supporters at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Sinema, 42, said the challenge for Arizonans is to heal and unite around love of country.
Republican rival Martha McSally conceded the race during a phone call to Sinema Monday evening after a week of painstaking ballot-counting that saw her narrow Election Day lead slip into a 38,000-vote advantage for Sinema.
In accepting victory, Sinema said she was grateful for McSally’s service and said they both ran for the Senate because they both wanted what was best for the state. Beaming, Sinema said she was honored that voters chose her vision over one that stoked fear and anger.