Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona says she won’t seek reelection, avoiding 3-way race

FILE - Then Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 29, 2022. Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has announced that she won’t run for a second term. Her decision Tuesday comes after her estrangement from the Democratic Party left her politically homeless and without a clear path to reelection. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

FILE – Then Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 29, 2022. Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has announced that she won’t run for a second term. Her decision Tuesday comes after her estrangement from the Democratic Party left her politically homeless and without a clear path to reelection. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced Tuesday that she won’t run for a second term after her estrangement from the Democratic Party left her politically homeless and without a clear path to reelection.

Sinema’s announcement comes after Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan bill to help secure the border and deliver military aid to Ukraine and Israel, which Sinema spent months negotiating. She’d hoped it would be a signature achievement addressing one of Washington’s most intractable challenges, as well as a powerful endorsement for her increasingly lonely view that cross-party dealmaking remains possible.

But in the end, Sinema’s border-security ambitions, and her career in Congress, were swallowed by the partisanship that has paralyzed Congress.

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