Democrat Sinema wins; race for Giffords' former seat is still too close to call


Associated Press

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 4:04 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — There's now just one congressional race still to be decided in Arizona. Democrat Ron Barber, the hand-picked successor to Gabrielle Giffords, has a lead of a few hundred votes over Republican Martha McSally, six days after the election.

Another House seat from Arizona is going to be filled by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, after a bitterly fought race that featured millions of dollars in attack ads. She defeated Republican Vernon Parker.

Sinema becomes the first openly bisexual member of Congress.

During the race, Republicans said she was too liberal for the newly-created district, and that she doesn't understand stay-at-home moms.

Democrats said Parker was a tea party radical who would hurt children by cutting the federal education department.

Parker has conceded defeat, with a promise to continue his public service.

APPHOTO AZMY101: FILE - In a Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 file photo, former Democratic Arizona State Sen. and Arizona congressional candidate Kyrsten Sinema addresses residents in a neighborhood in Mesa, Ariz. Sinema has defeated Republican challenger Vernon Parker for Arizona's 9th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) (5 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO AZMY102: FILE - In a Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, Republican congressional candidate Vernon Parker greets the crowd during an election night party, at a hotel in Phoenix. Parker was defeated by democratic challenger Krysten Sinema for Arizona's ninth congressional district. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) (6 Nov 2012)

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