That’s how much Senate hopeful Democrat Kyrsten Sinema lost to Republican Martha McSally by in Arizona. Just less than 15,000 votes.
The race was grueling, with McSally and Sinema consistently running neck and neck throughout the entire campaign season, but the unseen rock in Sinema’s shoe was the Green Party, who wound up voting for their candidate, Angela Green — who had previously dropped out of the race and endorsed Sinema — with almost 40,000 votes.
Democrat Krysten Sinema trailing by fewer than 15,000 votes in #azsen with 99% reporting. The Green Party candidate got nearly 40,000 votes
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 7, 2018
This means that the Green Party essentially tripped up Kyrsten Sinema, allowing McSally to take the victory and keep the Arizona Senate seat red.
Oddly enough, Sinema once worked within the Green Party and left. According to some sources, this is seen as a betrayal from within the Green Party, who turned their back on Sinema.
Sinema was once a Green Party spokesman & twice ran for office affiliated w/them. As a Green activist she opposed Iraq/Afghanistan but after joining Congress became a centrist & military hawk.
A lot of Green Party members thought she sold out her values.https://t.co/OgVrZiK3oJ
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) November 7, 2018
So it would appear that Sinema’s Achilles heel was her past associations as much as it was her negative attitude toward her own state, which she has called the “meth lab of democracy.”
This makes the Republican Senate gains a +4.