Martha McSally concedes defeat to Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona Senate race

US President Donald Trump has questioned the integrity of the senate race in Arizona as Democrats extend their lead

McSally conceded the hard-fought race on Monday night - six days after the election - as county-by-county tallies of mailed-in ballots continued to increase Sinema's lead. "She spit it out and did something else".

Sinema criticized McSally's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and kept her distance from national Democrats. Her almost single-issue campaign talked about the importance of health care and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. For Ms McSally to win, she has to reverse her fortunes in the Maricopa by winning by more than 20 per cent, instead of now losing by 6.25 per cent.

Kyrsten Sinema has become the first woman to be elected to the Senate in Arizona, replacing Jeff Flake. Ted Cruz in Texas. The final makeup of the Senate will be determined following a recount in Florida and a November 27 runoff election in Mississippi.

Sinema prevailed while the Democratic candidate for governor, David Garcia, ran as an avowed progressive and got trounced by Republican incumbent Doug Ducey. "We saw that with Garcia".

Sinema is set to become the country's first openly bisexual senator, in addition to becoming Arizona's first female senator in a victory that Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin has heralded as a rejection of "Donald Trump and Mike Pence's politics of bigotry and fear". Of the more than 2.2 million ballots cast, Sinema won by 38,197 votes. She supported a bill making it easier to deport immigrants identified by police as gang members.

Sinema, 42, has a law degree, worked as a social worker and was a political activist in her 20s, running as an independent Green Party candidate for the Arizona House.

Sinema's election is historic for a number of reasons. But she definitely is doing better than Nora Ellen, the other Republican in the race for the two open seats. We can be friends with people who are different than us. The candidate said she wasn't focused on party labels or ideology. That state has been a Republican bastion for decades, but Democrats are seizing on dissatisfaction with budget cuts and growing unease over the Trump administration's immigration crackdown to make inroads with moderate voters. "It's been 10 years and even more, this mobilization and galvanizing", said Lisa Magana, a professor in ASU's School of Transborder Studies.

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There are around 250 million Americans who are eligible to vote, but turnout in midterm elections is typically about 40%. Barack Obama - on the campaign trail for the Democratic party - said "the character of our country is on the ballot".

Democrats' win in Arizona means that they were able to expand their reach into traditionally red territory - something they did in the House last week as they flipped control of the chamber, but have yet to do in the Senate.

Trump visited only once on McSally's behalf in mid-October.

The lawsuit alleged the state's 15 county recorders don't follow a uniform standard for allowing voters to adjust problems with their mail-in ballots, and that two counties improperly allow those fixes after the election.

Annette Villelas was one of those angry voters.

In her speech, Sinema cited the example of John McCain, who died in August.

Sinema will appear in public shortly at an event with supporters.

One of the reasons I think it's so important to share the story of my Arizona with others around the country is to serve as a warning symbol for each of you to take note about your changing communities.

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