By Antonia Noori Farzan | Phoenix New Times
Any day now, we should be getting the official announcement: Kyrsten Sinema is running for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat.
The congresswoman from District 9, who is ostensibly a Democrat, has raised over $3.2 million so far. And she’s got the support of the Democratic establishment: The Hill reports that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is backing her over other potential primary candidates, including Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
The latest polling numbers show Sinema leading Flake by eight points, which naturally has a lot of people excited at the prospect of flipping a seat that’s been held by Republicans for decades — in a red state, no less. But if you were looking forward to backing a genuinely progressive candidate who supports single-payer health care and fights back against the constant demonization of immigrants and refugees, Kyrsten Sinema leaves a lot to be desired.