Democrat Sinema wins Arizona congressional seat

2012-11-12T11:19:00Z 2012-11-12T13:09:34Z Democrat Sinema wins Arizona congressional seatThe Associated Press The Associated Press

PHOENIX — Arizona voters have chosen former Democratic state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to represent a new Phoenix-area congressional district.

Sinema had a narrow lead on election night, but slowly gained ground as more ballots were tallied in the last week. She now has a nearly 6,000-vote edge over Republican Vernon Parker.

Sinema becomes the first openly bisexual member of Congress, winning a race that featured millions of dollars in attack ads.

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

Republicans countered saying Sinema was too liberal for the newly created district and doesn’t understand stay-at-home moms.

The district covers parts of Phoenix and several suburbs, including an affluent town where Parker was once mayor.

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