In any normal year, and with any normal candidate, Arizona’s Senate race between a Republican former fighter pilot and a Democrat with a history of left-wing activism wouldn’t even be a contest.
But this isn’t any year, and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the Democrat, isn’t any candidate. Instead she’s one of her party’s best chances to capture a Republican-held Senate seat.
“She is perhaps the single best politician in Arizona today,” says Stan Barnes, president of Copper State Consulting Group and a former Republican state lawmaker. “She is engaging, she is funny, she mirrors people. She makes people think she agrees with them, even if she doesn’t.”
Ms. Sinema is taking on Rep. Martha McSally, the former A-10 Air Force pilot, in a race that started out nasty and has only gotten rougher.