Arizona’s Independent Senator Kyrsten Sinema announces she will not seek reelection, preventing potential three-way race

by | Mar 5, 2024

On Tuesday, Independent Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona declared that she will not seek a second term, following her estrangement from the Democratic Party, which left her politically adrift and without a straightforward path to reelection.

Sinema's announcement follows Senate Republicans' obstruction of a bipartisan bill aimed at enhancing security along the U.S.-Mexico border and providing military assistance to Ukraine and Israel—an agreement she had diligently negotiated for months.

Sinema said in a video posted to social media: “I love Arizona and I am so proud of what we’ve delivered. Because I choose civility, understanding, listening, working together to get stuff done, I will leave the Senate at the end of this year.”

Sinema's choice prevents a three-way competition in one of the most closely observed Senate races of 2024—a scenario challenging to predict, which sparked intense debate among political strategists about which major party might gain an advantage in the pursuit of Senate control. Most analysts concurred that Sinema would have encountered considerable, probably insurmountable obstacles had she opted to run.

Sinema did not disclose her future plans. However, in her video announcement about stepping down, she attributed her decision to the prevailing political atmosphere, lamenting that “Americans still choose to retreat farther to their partisan corners.”

Source: AP News

 

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