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Analysis reveals Sinema’s secrets to success in CD9

Analysis reveals Sinema’s secrets to success in CD9

When Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission finished redrawing the state’s political districts, it quickly became clear that none would be as watched as the new 9th Congressional District.

Its partisan breakdown and performance models foreshadowed practically even odds for Republican or Democratic candidates.

And yet, while Democratic candidates were able to capture all three of the state’s competitive congressional districts in 2012, none won by as large a margin as Kyrsten Sinema did in CD9, defeating Republican Vernon Parker.

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Abstaining on principle

One of Salmon’s allies told our reporter that his abstention last week during the election of John Boehner to a second term as speaker of the US House, followed by his appearance on “Face the Nation” over the weekend, is a sign of things to come.

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