Kyrsten Sinema just became the first openly bisexual US senator.
The Democrat beat Republican opponent Martha McSally and Green Party candidate Angela Green to claim the Arizona Senate seat.
It’s a landmark move, as she becomes the first Democrat Arizona has elected to the Senate since 1988.
It took almost a week to count all of the votes, with mail-in ballots giving Sinema the final lead.
After the news broke, she took to Twitter to express her gratitude.
She tweeted: ‘As long as I’ve served Arizona, I’ve worked to help others see our common humanity and find common ground. That’s the same approach I’ll take to representing our great state in the Senate, where I’ll be an independent voice for all Arizonans.
‘Thank you, Arizona. Let’s get to work,’ she tweeted.
In an acceptance speech last night (12 November), she also said she’s vowing ‘to seek compromise instead of sewing division.’
She then added: ‘As your Senator, that’s exactly what I’ll do. Not by calling names or playing political games, but by showing up and doing the work to keep Arizona moving forward.’
Opponent concedes defeat
After the news of Sinema’s victory broke, her opponent Martha McSally took to Twitter to concede.
She also wanted to thank everybody for voting, as well as congratulate Sinema on her win.
McSally said in the Twitter video: ‘I just called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on becoming Arizona’s first female senator after a hard-fought battle.
‘I wish her all the success as she represents Arizona in the Senate,’ she said.
Congrats to @kyrstensinema. I wish her success. I’m grateful to all those who supported me in this journey. I’m inspired by Arizonans’ spirit and our state’s best days are ahead of us. pic.twitter.com/tw0uKgi3oO
— McSally For Senate (@MarthaMcSally) November 13, 2018
Human Rights Campaign’s Chad Griffin said in a statement: ‘Arizona voters rejected Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s politics of bigotry and fear and made history by electing bold pro-equality champion Kyrsten Sinema as the nation’s first openly bisexual U.S. Senator.
‘For more than a year, HRC has worked to organize 800,000 equality voters across the state and we are proud to have helped Senator-elect Sinema across the finish line in a tight race.
‘We celebrate this incredible moment and look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work with Sinema, and Arizona Congressmembers Tom O’Halleran, Ann Kirkpatrick, Raul Grijalva, Ruben Gallego, and Greg Stanton to move equality forward for all Arizonans,’ he said.
This latest result in Arizona means Democrats have narrowed Republican gains in the Senate to only one seat so far.