All eyes on Ari­zon­a’s Kyrsten Sine­ma for 2024 deci­sion with Sen­ate con­trol in the bal­ance

With 2024 on the hori­zon, all eyes are on Sen. Kyrsten Sine­ma (I‑AZ), the Ari­zona Demo­c­rat-turned-inde­pen­dent who has not announced pub­licly if she will run for re-elec­tion in per­haps one of the most unpre­dictable con­tests in the coun­try.
Sine­ma left the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty last year to become an inde­pen­dent, and if she should decide to run, she would like­ly face Rep. Ruben Gal­lego (D‑AZ), a pro­gres­sive Demo­c­rat who announced his bid in Jan­u­ary, and Kari Lake, a polar­iz­ing con­ser­v­a­tive who lost the guber­na­to­r­i­al elec­tion last year.
What exact­ly a Sine­ma third-par­ty run for Sen­ate looks like is still unclear. Tech­ni­cal­ly, she still has five months to announce a deci­sion. She must gath­er the nec­es­sary sig­na­tures to qual­i­fy to appear on the Ari­zona bal­lot for the Novem­ber elec­tion by April 6, 2024.
Sinema’s office did not respond to the Wash­ing­ton Examiner’s request ask­ing about the senator’s time­line for a deci­sion. Many polit­i­cal oper­a­tives in the state say they are equal­ly as clue­less about her plans.
“Any­one who says they know what Sine­ma is going to do is lying to you,” said an Ari­zona Demo­c­ra­t­ic strate­gist who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymi­ty. “She does what she wants to do and no …