On Friday, three-term Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) announced that she will enter the 2018 US Senate race with the hope of unseating first-term Sen. Jeff Flake (R). Ms. Sinema comes into the race with what appears to be a united Democratic Party. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and state Rep. David Friese (D-Tucson), both speculative Senate candidates, each said they would yield to Ms. Sinema. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also officially endorsed the Congresswoman’s candidacy.
Sen. Flake’s approval ratings, especially within his own party, are poor largely due to his very public feud with President Trump. Former state Sen. Kelli Ward (R) is challenging the Senator in the GOP primary, and others could emerge. The party nomination elections are not until August 28th, so much could happen. This race must be rated a toss-up.
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