Even though Kyrsten Sinema hasn’t officially announce she is running for re-election next year, the independent senator from Arizona is telling donors about her campaign strategy to win the Senate race by courting Republican voters, according to a memo obtained by NBC News.
In the memo, Sinema’s campaign predicted she can win re-election by attracting 60% to 70% of independents and 25% to 35% of Republicans. Sinema’s path to victory only involves 10% to 20% of Democratic votes.
“If the parties nominate extremists, as expected, Kyrsten will win a majority of IND, at least a third of REP and a percentage of DEM voters — making her the first Independent to win a three-way statewide race in American history,” the document reads.
Sinema left the Democratic Party to become an Independent in December, setting up what will likely be a three-way race for the Senate seat next year.
Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego announced his bid for the seat in January. On the Republican side, failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, failed senate candidate Blake Masters and Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb are all considering running for the party nomination.