Headline RoundupJanuary 23rd, 2023

Arizona Democrat Ruben Gallego Announces Candidacy for US Senate

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Democratic Rep. Reuben Gallego of Arizona announced that he will challenge against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in the 2024 Arizona Senate race.

Key Quotes: “The problem isn’t that Sen. Sinema abandoned the Democratic Party — it’s that she’s abandoned Arizona,” Gallego said Monday.  On Friday, Sinema told local radio station KTAR that “a never-ending focus on campaign politics is why so many people hate politics."

For Context: Gallego is the first major candidate to jump into the 2024 Senate race. Sinema has not yet said whether she will run for re-election. In December, Sinema changed her party affiliation from Democrat to Independent. 2022 election results seemed to show that Arizona voters are pretty evenly split among Republican, Independent, and Democratic voters who prefer more moderate candidates.

How the Media Covered it: Gallego's announcement was covered by sources across the political spectrum. Many sources on all sides noted that the Senate contest could become a three-way race among a Republican nominee, Gallego, and Sinema if she decides to run as an Independent.

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