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Democrats Seeking to Primary Kyrsten Sinema Are Going to Be Disappointed

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Pissing off the far-left members of the Democratic Party appears to be Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-AZ) favorite hobby as of late. Her refusal to back President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda has thoroughly infuriated her colleagues and members of the activist media.

They have tried cajoling her. They have tried pleading with her. They have tried shaming her. They have tried harassing her.

All to no avail.

Now, since it is clear she will not budge, they seek to threaten her with a primary challenge when she is up for re-election in 2024. The findings of a recent poll might actually give some hope to those suffering from Sinema Derangement Syndrome.

Data for Progress recently conducted a poll of Democrats and Independents likely to vote in the Democratic primary in 2024. The study pitted Sinema against a slew of potential challengers, including Reps. Ruben Gallego and Greg Stanton (a former Phoenix mayor), Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, and Tucson Mayor Regine Romero.

The poll found that Gallego would defeat Sinema 23 percent to 19 percent. Stanton won 13 percent of the vote, while Kate Gallego and Romero both won nine percent.

In a hypothetical matchup between Gallego and Sinema, he would defeat the senator with 62 percent of the vote. Against Stanton, Sinema would lose, with the challenger garnering 59 percent, while Kate Gallego would win by getting 60 percent. Romero would gain victory, with 55 percent of the vote.

Overall, about 70 percent of the respondents had an unfavorable view of the senator, while only 24 percent viewed her favorably.

The effort to unseat Sinema has already begun, even though her re-election is over two years away. The hard left’s favorite candidate appears to be Ruben Gallego, according to The Hill, which reported that they launched a campaign titled “Run Ruben Run,” which is specifically designed to persuade him to challenge the senator. The Hill also reported:

For now, at least, many Democrats remain wary of the early efforts to challenge Sinema from the inside. They’re holding out hope that she reverses course and gets behind the reconciliation bill. But in conversations with The Hill, half a dozen Democratic activists and party insiders said that a primary is not off the table and pointed to Gallego as a top prospect if Sinema continues to hold out on the party’s key legislative priorities.

Leftists in Arizona have also set up a political action committee simply called “Primary Sinema.” The group is not supporting any particular candidate, but will “fund local groups to pressure Sinema and help build the support and infrastructure for an eventual candidate,” according to NBC News.

While it appears there is support for an effort to remove Sinema, it does not seem likely they will succeed. For starters, Data for Progress is a far-leftist think tank that supports far-leftist policies. One should take their results with a heaping shovel of salt. Arizona is not a deep-blue state, and Arizonans are not exactly far-left progressives.

There is also the fact that the re-election is so far away. While Democrats are furious with Sinema at this moment, it is unlikely the anger will subsist for another two years. Of course, there is also the possibility that the senator will continue angering the far-left socialist crowd. But if the GOP manages to take back control of the Senate next year – which is very likely to happen – then there may not be as many opportunities to stymie the socialist agenda favored by much of the party, since they will not be in control of the upper chamber.

However, even if Republicans don’t manage to regain control of the Senate, the odds are most definitely in their favor in the House of Representatives. This could still create a situation in which Biden is not able to enact his agenda, which could also ensure that Sinema is safe.

Given these factors, it seems the poll is an exercise in wishful thinking on the part of the progressive crowd. But who knows? A lot can change between now and then.