Jeff Flake congratulates Kyrsten Sinema on win: ‘You’ll be great’

Retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad McSally launches 2020 campaign Sinema will vote to convict Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) congratulated Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) late Monday for winning the race to take his U.S. Senate seat, telling her she will "be great."

"Congratulations to on a race well run, and won. It’s been a wonderful honor representing Arizona in the Senate. You’ll be great," Flake wrote in a tweet. 

Flake's congratulatory message came after The Associated Press called the tight Senate race between Sinema and Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyOvernight Health Care: Ernst endorses bipartisan bill to lower drug prices | US partnering with drugmakers on coronavirus vaccine | UN chief says virus poses 'enormous' risks McSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad Ernst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices MORE (R-Ariz.) in favor of the Democrat. She led by a margin of 38,197 votes when the AP called the race Monday.


In a separate tweet, Flake wrote that McSally had "done Arizona proud" after she posted what Flake described as a "gracious concession speech."

McSally said in her concession speech, which was posted to Twitter, that she wishes Sinema "all success."

"I just called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on becoming Arizona's first female senator after a hard-fought battle. I wish her all success as she represents Arizona in the Senate," McSally said.

There is a chance that McSally could still end up in the Senate.


Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who was appointed to Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainAdvice for fellow Democrats: Don't count out Biden, don't fear a brokered convention McSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad Eleventh Democratic presidential debate to be held in Phoenix MORE's seat after McCain's death, has indicated he may not want to continue serving beyond this Congress. That could open the door to Arizona's Republican governor appointing McSally to fill that seat.

With Arizona's race called, Republicans now hold a 51-47 majority in the Senate, with two races yet to be determined. 

A recount is underway in Florida's Senate race, where Gov. Rick Scott (R) holds a lead over incumbent Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Lobbying world Bottom Line MORE (D). In Mississippi, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) will face former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy (D) in a runoff next month.

If Republicans take both, they would expand their majority in the next Senate by two seats.