The Arizona senator is registering as an independent, noting that she “never fit perfectly in either national party.”

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced on Friday that she would leave the Democratic Party and become an independent, unsettling the party divide anew just days after Democrats secured an expanded majority in the Senate.

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“I have joined the growing numbers of Arizonans who reject party politics by declaring my independence from the broken partisan system in Washington,

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she wrote in an opinion column published in The Arizona Republic.

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Ms. Sinema’s decision put an abrupt damper on the jubilance Democrats experienced this week after their caucus secured a 51st seat in the Senate with Senator Raphael Warnock’s victory in Georgia

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It was likely to provide new complications for Mr. Schumer and Democrats going forward,

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even though she wrote in her column that “becoming an independent won’t change my work in the Senate; my service to Arizona remains the same.”

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Still the move by the first-term senator, who was facing a likely Democratic re-election challenge in 2024 after angering her party by opposing key elements of its agenda

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