Democrat Sinema wins Arizona Senate race

Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (left) and Republican Rep. Martha McSally (right) - candidates for Arizona Senate / Cropped Photo: US House Office of Photography / Cropped Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0 / (MGN)

PHOENIX (AP) - Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is citing a Republican as her example as she prepares to become Arizona's first female senator.

Sinema declared victory in her race against Republican Martha McSally Monday night. There was a delay because the contest was close and Arizona takes a long time to count votes.

McSally called Sinema to concede the race. Sinema opened up a narrow but insurmountable lead.

Sinema spoke to reporters at a Scottsdale hotel and declared victory. She cited the example of John McCain, who died in August. She said she would try to follow his example and "put country before party."

Sinema ran as a nonpartisan centrist. McSally unsuccessfully tried to paint her as a liberal Democrat.