US lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema speaks at a news conference outside the Capitol in May 2014. Photo: AFP
US lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema speaks at a news conference outside the Capitol in May 2014. Photo: AFP

US Senator Kyrsten Sinema leaves Democrats to go independent in surprise move

  • Her decision comes right after Joe Biden’s party secured a 51-49 majority in the Senate with Raphael Warnock’s win in Georgia
  • Democrats will retain control of the chamber, but Sinema’s move may increase her influence and that of fellow centrist lawmaker Joe Manchin

US lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema speaks at a news conference outside the Capitol in May 2014. Photo: AFP
US lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema speaks at a news conference outside the Capitol in May 2014. Photo: AFP
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