Arizona, on the other hand
, is purple and has been chugging to the left
. Biden did
4 points better than Clinton
, who in turn did
6 points better than Barack Obama in
Part of what may be happening is that Sinema thinks that Arizona is a redder state than it actually is. That’s understandable insofar as Democrats have only started winning statewide races there with regularity recently. Sinema became the first Democrat to win an Arizona Senate race since 1988.
This feat, sin embargo, was repeated by Mark Kelly in 2020. Kelly won by basically the same margin against the same opponent as Sinema and in a tougher political environment. Biden, también, became the first Democrat to win the state on the presidential level since 1996.
Beyond Kelly and Biden
, Democrats in Arizona now control two of the five seats on the state’s corporation commission
, the secretary of state’s office and superintendent of public instruction office
. They also hold five of the nine US House seats
Compare that to Manchin. He is literally the only Democrat to be representing West Virginia in any statewide or federal office.
Arizona’s electoral environment is more similar to Georgia, which has become more purple in recent years as well. Biden won the state by about the same amount as he did Arizona. The state just elected Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to the Senate. They haven’t obstructed Biden’s agenda to anywhere near the same degree.
So what else might explain Sinema’s ways
? Su been reported that Sinema holds up former Arizona Sen
. John McCain as a role model
. McCain was
, por supuesto, a thorn in former President Donald Trump’s side and didn’t always vote in-line with his party
If she’s trying to copy McCain’s ways
, Sinema isn’t doing a great job
. McCain usually voted with his party
. In his final full year in the Senate
, he voted with his party
más que 90% of the time on party unity votes
(es decir. those where at least
50% of one party voted a different way from
50% of the other party
). This was about on par for him
. McCain voted with his party less than the median senator
, but not that much less
Sinema is an entirely different legislator
. She votes against her party far more than the median legislator on party unity votes
, according to the CQ Almanac
. Desde 2013
, she’s never voted with her party more than
75% of the time
There is one way though in which Sinema is similar to McCain
: She’s upsetting her party’s base
. By voting the way she does
, Sinema may be leaving herself open to a primary challenge
— a possibility certain liberal groups are already eyeing
And unlike Manchin, who has beaten back primary challenges easily, Sinema isn’t going to face a primary electorate where less than 40% of registered Democrats call themselves liberal.
Democrats in Arizona are about as liberal as the national average
, according to both the
2020 primary exit polls
. Más que 60% of Democrats called themselves liberal in both surveys
The bottom line is that Sinema may be unnecessarily moderate for her own electoral good. Maybe it’ll work out for her. Todavía, It’s possible though that not only is she making Biden’s life more difficult, but her own electoral future more difficult as well.