Rep. Ruben Gallego made it official on Monday, launching a Democratic Senate campaign in the key southwestern battleground state of Arizona, the latest sign that the 2024 battle for the Senate majority is off to a frantic pace.
“Growing up poor, all I had was the American dream. It kept me going: as a kid sleeping on the floor, a student scrubbing toilets, a Marine losing brothers in Iraq,” the five-term progressive congressman wrote on Twitter. “Today, too many Arizonans see their dream slipping away. I’m running for the U.S. Senate to win it back for you!”
Gallego is running for the seat currently held by Kyrsten Sinema, the former moderate Democratic lawmaker who last month announced she was leaving the party and registering as an Independent. Sinema has yet to announce if she’ll seek another term in 2024.
Sinema’s seat is a top target for Senate Republicans next year, as they aim to win back the Senate majority they lost in the 2020 election cycle. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the campaign arm of the Senate GOP, quickly highlighted that “the Democrat civil war is on in Arizona.”