Update: No miracle came to save Martha McSally, Arizona, or America. Kyrsten Sinema was elected to the Senate and will bring her brand of socialism to the table.
As of this morning, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has a 32,169 vote lead over Republican Martha McSally. There are still votes left to count with both sides claiming the uncounted votes favor them, but considering the sources for remaining ballots, it appears they favor Sinema.
In other words, she almost certainly won.
What does that say about the state of the Republican Party? What does it say about Arizona? What is the writing on the wall for the American people?
Big questions surround this election because the race really should have gone the other way if we use conventional wisdom. Sinema was caught on multiple occasions disparaging the people she hoped to represent, calling Arizona the “meth lab of democracy.” She ran as a moderate, which is easily contradicted by both her extreme Green Party views a decade ago and her voting record in Congress. Her opponent, McSally, is a veteran who flew combat missions in Afghanistan. She truly is a moderate.
All of these factors tell us a state like Arizona should have picked McSally. Unfortunately, it appears that isn’t the case.
Did the GOP do enough? If you ask McSally’s team, at least one of them doesn’t think so. A senior member of her campaign staff who wanted to remain anonymous said the state GOP “did right by us” but the RNC was focused elsewhere.
“We heard support was coming but it didn’t. Not enough of it at least,” the senior campaign member said. “I got the feeling they thought PACs would swoop in and save the day but the RNC was absent. If we lose it’s on us but they let it happen.”
As for what this says about Arizona, we have to wonder whether the illegal immigration message is being used properly in the border state. Illegal immigration hurts legal immigrants the most, yet McSally’s border security message didn’t seem to resonate.
Texas didn’t fall to a far-leftist, but it appears Arizona did. If the result hold, the GOP should watch closely to see if this is a one-off or the beginning of a trend similar to their surges from 2010-2016.