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

Retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism 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 McSallyOn The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP Unemployment benefits to expire as coronavirus talks deadlock McConnell tees up showdown on unemployment benefits 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 McCainAsian American voters could make a difference in 2020 Budowsky: Trump October surprise could devastate GOP The Memo: Biden seeks to peel older voters from Trump 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 Nelson Trump, facing trouble in Florida, goes all in NASA names DC headquarters after agency's first Black female engineer Mary W. Jackson NASA, SpaceX and the private-public partnership that caused the flight of the Crew Dragon 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.