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

Retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOne of life's great mysteries: Why would any conservative vote for Biden? Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio Biden holds 8-point lead over Trump in Arizona: poll 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 McSallySenate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave Cunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll Senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing 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 McCainSenate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave Budowsky: Trump's COVID-19 death toll dominates election Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein 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 NelsonSenate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 Democrats sound alarm on possible election chaos Trump, facing trouble in Florida, goes all in 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.