Martha McSally, Kyrsten Sinema Win Arizona Primaries For U.S. Senate

Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 8:36pm
Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 12:46pm
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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema talks with voters at a Phoenix polling location on Aug. 28, 2018.
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Rep. Martha McSally at her watch party in Tempe on Aug. 28, 2018.

The parties have selected their candidates to vie for Sen. Jeff Flake’s Senate seat. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally wrapped up their nominations early Tuesday night.

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was out greeting voters in Phoenix on election day. She was optimistic but not taking anything for granted.

The congresswoman believes her message will be attractive to independent voters in November.

“Our campaign has been laser-focused on the issues that are important to everyday Arizonans, and those are not Republican or Democratic issues - those are just bread-and-butter issues that people worry about every day," said Sinema.

Sinema said she thought the momentum generated by the Red For Ed movement and overall Democratic engagement would help her wage a strong campaign.

Across the Valley, supporters gathered in Tempe in support of Republican Martha McSally.

Ken Roth is a real estate developer who lives in Phoenix. He’s supporting McSally because of her military background:

“For me, I think she’s probably the gal that could take us on to the next generation of warriors that have been great senators for our state: Barry Goldwater, John McCain and hopefully Martha McSally," said Roth.

And Roth thinks McSally could work with President Donald Trump.

After an early call of her victory Tuesday, she quickly attacked Sinema and aligned herself with Trump:

“I’ve worked closely with President Trump to cut taxes for working families, create jobs, secure the border, honor our veterans, and when I’m in the Senate, I’ll work with him to confirm judges who uphold the Constitution.”

Trump backed McSally on Twitter early Wednesday morning.

The election is 10 weeks away.

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