In fact, some Arizonans view the concession as calculated, buoyed by the assurance of a possible appointment to the seat.
McSally conceded maybe because she had a backdoor deal with Sinema? John McCain's old seat is still up for grabs, and who would Ducey appoint to take that seat? Hmmmm… I smell a rat, here!
— Ken Valley (@tularockstar) November 13, 2018
McSally isn’t being gracious. My guess is a lot of red wine and Xanax and her therapy dog plus a call from the party bosses telling her that she can have McCain’s seat when Kyl steps down. She’s still a slanderous snake #Republican #ElectionResults2018
— AJ (@AJSOL88) November 13, 2018
Kyl will resign and McSally will be appointed to fill McCain's seat until 2020 election. Even when Arizona wins, we lose.
— ImmgtnRightsActivist #Lights4Liberty (@ImmigActivists) November 13, 2018
Regardless of whether or not McSally does replace McCain, her opponent Kyrsten Sinema has already succeeded in turning the state blue for the first time in three decades, leading many to celebrate the victory.
BREAKING: Good news for Arizona and for America. Synema has won the Senate seat now occupied by Flake. So Flake’s decision not to seek re-election becomes the first known time his words have actually been followed by positive results.https://t.co/ov9bDec9ou
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 13, 2018
Congratulations Senator-Elect Kyrsten Sinema on your win! So proud to call you my friend. pic.twitter.com/0bogtkeymF
— Lydia Guzman (@LydiaGuzman) November 13, 2018
Congrats to @kyrstensinema. May the MAGA shipwreck continue to sink deeper. Couldn’t be prouder as the majority of sane Americans voted against corruption, tax grabs for the rich, white nationalism, and the misogynistic and devisive idealogy of Trumpism. #MorningJoe
— LeoKapakos (@LeoKapakosNY) November 13, 2018
Though Sinema’s achievement is incredible, McSally may not be done just yet.