Republicans' Arizona debacle

This is a big red flag for the GOP

An Arizona sign.

Even Martha McSally's viral video of her gracious concession could not take the sting out of the stunning nature of her defeat in Arizona. For the first time in 30 years, Democrats have won a Senate seat in the state. For Republicans, Kyrsten Sinema's narrow but undeniable victory over McSally has become one of the largest red flags to emerge from the midterms.

The concession caps a week of mixed-to-poor results in the elections. The brightest spot for Republicans was Florida, where the party did surprisingly well in a competitive state that they must win in any scenario to hold the White House in two years. The state has initiated recounts in its gubernatorial and Senate contests, but the gaps are so large that any reversal of the GOP candidates' leads would be unprecedented.

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