Kyrsten Sinema moves ahead of Martha McSally in Arizona Senate race.
PHOENIX – The contentious, drawn-out race for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat flipped Thursday, with Democrat Kyrsten Sinema moving ahead of Republican Martha McSally’s lead after the latest batch of results.
Sinema took a lead of more than 9,000 votes after a blue wave of ballots were reported from the state’s two largest counties.
McSally entered the day with a lead of around 17,000 votes in the race to replace Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who did not seek re-election.
A batch of Maricopa County votes pushed Sinema ahead by around 2,000 votes, and the lead swelled by another 7,000 after Pima County reported.
Daily updates also came from Gila, Pinal, Mohave, Yuma and Yavapai counties, which are far smaller than Maricopa and Pima.
Maricopa, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal and Yuma still had outstanding votes as of early Thursday evening, according to the Arizona Secretary of State website.