Posted: 5:23 pm Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
By Jamie Dupree
Six weeks after voters went to the polls, Republicans grabbed one final victory in a race for Congress, as elections officials in Arizona declared GOP candidate Martha McSally a narrow winner, giving Republicans their largest majority in the U.S. House since the 1928 elections.
“There’s no getting around that this was an incredibly close and hard-fought race,” said McSally, after being declared the winner by just 167 votes out of over 219,000 cast in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District.
Thank you to everyone who made today’s victory possible. I look forward to serving the people of S. AZ in Congress https://t.co/2BK1COkIPL
— Martha McSally (@MarthaMcSally) December 17, 2014
McSally’s win over Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ) will give Republicans a net gain of 13 seats, giving the GOP 247 seats in the 114th Congress – the most since they won 270 seats in 1928.
“Today I congratulated Martha McSally on her victory, and wished her well in serving Southern Arizonans,” Barber said in a statement posted on Facebook.
Barber, who was once a Congressional staffer, was elected in 2012 to replace ex-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) after Giffords was wounded in a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona.
During the wait for a mandatory recount, McSally had gone about the business of getting ready to take office for the 114th Congress – she seems certain to be someone who GOP leaders put the spotlight on next year.
Congrats GOP, in 2014 u elected the youngest woman 2 Congress; 1st. Black woman and now the 1st woman fighter pilot w/ McSally win today.
— Glenn McCall (@GMcCallSC) December 17, 2014
McSally, who served as a fighter pilot in the Air Force, will serve on both the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee.
The 114th Congress will convene on January 6, 2015.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.