- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has been considered a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by first-term Arizona Republican Jeff Flake but she says she’s running for re-election to the House.

The three-term lawmaker from a Phoenix-area district during an interview Wednesday with KTAR-FM (https://goo.gl/m5Ilos ) responded to a question about a possible Senate race by saying she’s running for re-election and “very proud to do it.”

Phoenix lawyer Deedra Abboud recently announced she is seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination for Senate.

Former state Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City unsuccessfully challenged Republican incumbent John McCain in the 2016 GOP primary for Senate and plans to challenge Flake in 2018.

Sinema represents Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, which includes Tempe and parts of Phoenix and Scottsdale.

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