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GOP Senate Majority Narrows To 4 With Kyrsten Sinema's Victory In Arizona

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Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., has won a tightly contested Senate election in Arizona with a lead of 1.7 percent of votes over her Republican rival Congresswoman Martha McSally, R-Ariz.

Sinema initially trailed McSally on election night but climbed into the lead as more votes were counted. With counting almost over, Sinema had 49.7 percent of the vote to McSally's 48 percent.

McSally, a 52-year-old former combat fighter pilot, conceded defeat in a video message posted on Twitter.

In her victory speech Monday night, Sinema said, "Arizona rejected what has become far too common in our country: name-calling, petty personal attacks, and doing and saying whatever it takes just to get elected."

Sinema, who is currently representing Arizona's 9th district in the House, becomes the southern state's first Democratic senator since Dennis DeConcini in 1988. The 42-year-old openly bi-sexual politician also becomes Arizona's first female senator.

Having overcome a struggling childhood, Sinema earned a Master of Social Work degree, a J.D., and a Ph.D. degree in Justice Studies.

Consistently ranked as one of the most independent voices in Congress, Sinema was elected to both houses of Arizona state legislature in the last decade.

In 2010, Sinema was named one of Time magazine's "40 Under 40."

She will replace retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz, in the Senate.

Sinema's victory helped Democrats narrow the Republicans' majority in the Upper House to just 4 seats.

With the results of a recount in Florida and a runoff in Mississippi pending, currently the Republicans lead Democrats by 51-47 seats in the 100-member Senate.

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