Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema announced late last week that she will be leaving the Democratic Party and will serve in the Senate as an independent. Sinema went on CNN with Jake Tapper to explain her decision. She said, “I've registered as an Arizona independent. I know some people might be a little bit surprised by this, but actually, I think it makes a lot of sense. A growing number of Arizonans and people like me just don't feel like we fit neatly into one party's box or the other. And so like many across the state and the nation, I've decided to leave that partisan process and really just focus on the work that I think matters to Arizona and to our country, which is solving problems and getting things done.” Sinema is likely to keep caucusing with the Democrats, so this isn’t likely to affect Dems’ 51 to 49 seat majority in the upper chamber. However, it does increase the likelihood Sinema will get reelected in Arizona, since she no longer has to worry about facing a progressive challenger in a Democratic primary.
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