Republican Martha McSally Wins Final Race of Midterm Election

First female to fly Air Force combat mission wins in Arizona

Martha McSally / AP
December 17, 2014

The 2014 midterm election has at last come to a close, and Republicans won the final seat up for grabs.

Republican Martha McSally, who was the first female Air Force officer to ever fly in combat, was declared the winner by just 167 votes in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, according to Politico Pro.

The win gives Republicans control of 247 seats in the House of Representatives.

The seat was formerly held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and it was her former aide Rep. Ron Barber who fell for the Democrats.

Giffords funnelled more than $2 million through her anti-gun group Americans for Responsible Solutions, but the effort was not enough to overcome what the National Rifle Association hailed as a clear rejection of the anti-gun movement.

The National Rifle Association used McSally’s win Wednesday to argue that midterm voters had rejected gun-control groups’ agenda nationwide in 2014.

"Martha stood on principle and supported our constitutional freedoms, despite being relentlessly attacked by the gun control movement," said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA Political Victory Fund, in a statement. "Michael Bloomberg and national anti-gun groups were dealt a significant blow by Second Amendment supporters across the country on election day. A clear takeaway from these elections is that voters do not support Michael Bloomberg’s extreme anti-gun agenda."