Kyrsten Sinema Dodges Question Concerning Reelection Plans

Kyrsten Sinema Dodges Question Concerning Reelection Plans

( – In a February 4 appearance on Face the Nation, Independent Senator Kyrsten Sinema side-stepped a question about whether she plans to stand for re-election this year, saying questions about elections turn people away from politics. The former Democrat has until April to file for re-election but insists she remains focused on issues that matter to the people of Arizona, including the deal she is helping to negotiate on Capitol Hill aimed at slowing migration across the southern border.

Sinema is part of the team that constructed legislation promising to provide more funding for Border Patrol agents, immigration judges, asylum officers, and inspection machines to help stem the flow of Fentanyl into the US, but the legislation is stalled as Republicans, urged on by Donald Trump, have so far refused to support it. Sinema said this is what people in the Grand Canyon State care about, not re-election prospects.

If Sinema does run for re-election, she will compete against Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego and controversial pro-Trump candidate Kari Lake. In 2022, Lake lost the gubernatorial race by a small margin and took the case through the courts. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter A. Thompson said she’d failed to prove her case and dismissed the claim.

Recent numbers, however, show that Lake may make it to the Senate, as she leads Gallego in many instances, while Sinema falls behind. According to a February report from The Washington Examiner, JL Partners/Wall memo placed Lake in the lead at 40%, Gallego just behind at 39%, and Sinema trailing at just 13%.

Sinema decided to leave the Democrats in 2022 when she said she rejected party politics in Washington, believing it is bad for the country. “Like a lot of Arizonans, I have never fit perfectly in either national party,” she said, according to Reuters. The Senator made clear she would not ally with either party but work in the best interests of the American people.

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