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  1. Arizona is no longer a red state, it's purple. Trump won the state by 3% in 2016, Romney by 9.5% in 2012, so it's narrowing and it's within reach of the Democrats, and it looks like they have taken it in 2018. Democratic senators got more votes than Republicans. Just like the popular vote in 2016, the Republicans are beaten nationwide again. The GOP has won one presidential year popular vote since 1988, and that was in 2004. Trump upset the apple cart in 2016, but the long term trends and demographics favor the Democratic party. The GOP may never get a majority vote in a national election ever again. How much longer can the GOP eke out minority victories just like 2000 and 2016?

  2. Repubs can never take losing. They think only they can win all the time. If they start losing, then they start speculating how everything's rigged and everything's a fraud, because (gasp!!!) there's no way they could ever lose??? Nope! Get over it, Dems got tired of Trump and this election was a referendum on his behavior not his policies. Bottomline is…. more Dems voted than Repubs, it's plain math! No Martians rigged the election; No dead people came back to life and voted; No illegals voted en-masses; No people voted 20 and 30 times; No……………… nonsense… that's what happened, no nonsense, the Dems voted for no more nonsense!

    Repubs always cheat in elections. In my area, they've sent Robo-Calls to Dems telling them to vote on the wrong day. They've sent mail ads telling Dems the polling place has been moved to a new location. They've put up offensive signs and the trickery goes on and on. Repubs love to cheat. They love it. Cheating is normal to them.

  3. Kyrsten Sinema is not an Taliban or ISIS sympathizer. She got into an argument years ago with a belligerent interviewer who kept interrupting her with remarks like "I'm going to join the Taliban" and she sarcastically replied, "Fine," to him to get him to shut up and let her finish her sentence. That's not at all like seriously supporting any terrorist group. Sarcastic remarks are by definition not serious.

  4. She's no dummy. Kyrsten Sinema has a B.A. from Brigham Young University, which she earned in 1995 at age 18. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University, earned in 1999. In 2004 she earned a J.D. degree from Arizona State University College of Law. In 2012 she earned a Ph.D. in justice studies, also from Arizona State University.

  5. Voter fraud is very unlikely in a state like Arizona. In Arizona, you have to show approved photo I.D. to get your signature recorded for comparison purposes in mail-in voting, and always have to show that I.D. when going to a polling place to vote. Republican Secretary of State Michelle Reagan oversaw the voting and counting in the AZ 2018 election, and AZ Governor Doug Ducey has endorsed the result.
    There was no recount, as it was a straight-up first-time COUNT of all the legitimate votes in Arizona. Arizona law doesn't even allow the count of mail-in ballots (which is how 75% of Arizonans voted in 2018) until after the polls close on Election Night. The ballots counted were the ones that the precincts already had in possession, so please don't even waste time starting with that "found ballots" fairy tale that some of the YouTube commenters are pushing. McSally's shit-slinging campaign disgusted a lot of Arizonans. McSally needed to run as her old maverick self, instead of just a presidential rubber stamp. We Arizonans like to elect our mavericks, and Sinema's campaign showed she was the true maverick. That's why she won over Martha.

    Trump shut down his own Commission on Voter Fraud because they failed — utterly — to find evidence for his lie.

    Rather than suffer humiliation, Trump shut it down. In the process, he destroyed his fake rationale of voter fraud existing.

    Trump brags about EVERYTHING. If his Commission had found anything at all, Trump would still be boasting about it. They found nothing, and Trump shut them down.

  6. Sinema has admitted to being bisexual, but doesn't talk much about it. "Ditching identity politics can be scary. But when progressives decide to view those around not as enemies from a different tribe but instead as potential allies who can come together for a larger purpose, great coalitions can be formed–so great, in fact, that you wonder why you ever bought into identity politics in the first place."–Kyrsten Sinema, UNITE AND CONQUER, page 63.

  7. McSally forgot the lesson she should have learned from McCain's example: run to the right in the primary, and run to the center in the general election to win in Arizona. But, she certainly has another chance to do differently. McSally's embrace of Trump caused Arizona's Hispanic (LEGAL) voters and suburban Republican women voters and independents to vote for Sinema. Appearing at rallies with Trump, Pence, and Eric Trump, as well as repeating the fearmongering caravan message cost McSally dearly in the Arizona Senate race. That's the REAL reason Trump fans try to push the baseless "voter fraud" charge to explain Sinema's victory over McSally, because those people CAN NEVER face up to the fact that Trump's involvement in the Arizona Senate race caused the seat to flip!

  8. There are still plenty of people who vote on liking individual candidates, not just on picking them for party affiliation. The Republican governor definitely remade himself as a moderate who has a reputation for working in a bipartisan manner. In the Gubernatorial race, Arizona's incumbent Republican Governor Doug Ducey ran for re-election as a as a moderate instead of as a conservative, embracing a program of increased spending on teachers and public education. Meanwhile, his Democratic opponent David Garcia ran as a far-left, open borders candidate. As a U.S. Representative, Kyrsten Sinema has also gained a reputation in the last six years for working in a bipartisan manner. In the Senate race, Kyrsten Sinema ran as a centrist who was for voting with Republicans half the time, even as she was for protecting the ACA. Her opponent Martha McSally tied herself to a far-right campaign allied with Trump while stoking fears over the caravan. Comparing the Arizona governor and Senate races just by party labels is apples-to-oranges, because in both cases the candidate running as a moderate (Sinema, Ducey) won.

  9. Sinema's victory over McSally matches really well with other Arizona election results, such as there being 5 of the 9 U.S. House seats going to the Democrats, Democrat Katie Hobbs winning as Secretary of State, Kathy Hoffman winning as Superintendent of Public Education, Democrat Sandra D. Kennedy getting elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission, and Democrats making gains in the state legislature. The governor's race is the oddball contest, in the 2018 Arizona elections, because Ducey got a lot of Democratic and independent voters by promising to spend much more to improve public education.

  10. Voter drives to register more Latinos, who generally vote Democratic in Arizona, appear to have paid off for Ms. Sinema. About 2.1 million Latinos live in Arizona, about one-third of the state’s population. Though Mr. Trump narrowly carried the state in the 2016 election, many Latinos in Arizona have expressed displeasure with the president.

  11. West coast (not just California) Democrats aren't leaving because of high taxes and regulation, they're buying up businesses in Arizona, Texas, and Colorado and taking their employees with them so that they can have more influence in congressional and presidential elections. The 2016 election convinced west coast liberals that they need to go from California into red and swing states to win more elections, and that is EXACTLY what they are doing. Saying they are leaving California because of high taxes and regulation is just more conservative manure-peddling. West coast (not just California) Democrats aren't leaving because of high taxes and regulation, they're buying up businesses in Arizona, Texas, and Colorado and taking their employees with them so that they can have more influence in congressional and presidential elections. The 2016 election convinced west coast liberals that they need to go from California into red and swing states to win more elections, and that is EXACTLY what they are doing!

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