Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema will not run for re-election in Arizona

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Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced Tuesday that she will not tally for re-election this year, leaving nan Senate aft 1 word that saw her overgarment Arizona blue, time off nan Democratic Party and play a cardinal domiciled successful galore legislative negotiations successful a tightly divided Senate.

“I will time off nan Senate astatine nan extremity of this year,” Sinema said successful a video posted connected her X account.

Sinema’s determination paves nan measurement for a reliable and costly conflict for her spot — though it will beryllium much straightforward than nan messy three-way title she would person prompted by staying in. The starring Republican, 2022 gubernatorial campaigner Kari Lake, and nan starring Democrat, Rep. Ruben Gallego, are already moving difficult to switch Sinema.

Sinema’s determination comes arsenic her prospects of triumph appeared dim if she ran. Polling connected nan title is sparse, but surveys person consistently shown Sinema successful 3rd spot successful a hypothetical three-way title featuring Gallego and Lake. It was unclear which campaigner she would person pulled much support from.

Notably, Sinema believed she was stronger pinch Arizona Republicans than pinch her ain erstwhile party. In a prospectus reported by NBC News past September, Sinema told donors her way to triumph was to pull 10% to 20% of Democrats, 60% to 70% of independents and 25% to 35% of Republicans.

Republicans, who are hoping to flip nan Senate backmost into their power this year, are eyeing Arizona arsenic a imaginable pickup opportunity. Democrats clasp a slim mostly successful nan Senate, and nan GOP needs a nett summation of 2 seats to triumph nan enclosure outright aliases 1 spot positive nan tie-breaking vice presidency.

Alexandra Marquez

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