Sinema challenges Flake in showdown for U.S. Senate seat

By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times

The announcement by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema that she is challenging U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake sets up what is likely to be Arizona’s biggest political race next year.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema announced today that she is running for the U.S. Senate, setting up a showdown with U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake in what is likely to be Arizona’s biggest political race in 2018.

In a video announcing her run, Sinema talked about her personal story as a homeless child who worked her way through school and eventually to to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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“I got my shot, and now it’s my duty to help others get their shot,” Sinema said in the video.

Flake already faces a Republican challenger, former legislator Kelli Ward, and has come under fire from the Trump administration, which has criticized Flake as weak on crime and border issues.

Sinema will face Phoenix attorney Deedra Abboud in the Democratic primary, a race she is expected to win.

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