Sinema registered as an independent after leaving the Democratic Party.

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced to CNN's Jake Tapper in an exclusive TV interview that she is leaving the Democratic Party and registering as a political independent.

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"I've registered as an independent in Arizona. Though I think it makes a lot of sense, I know some folks might be a little startled, Sinema said in an interview with Tapper on Thursday in her Senate office.

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"I never neatly matched any party box. I haven't actually tried. I'd rather not," she continued.

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In addition to being true to who I am and how I work, I believe that removing myself from the partisan framework will provide many people in the state and country

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who are also sick of politics a sense of belonging.

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The power dynamics in the upcoming Senate are not anticipated to be altered by Sinema's departure from the Democratic Party.

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Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, both independents, will caucus with Democrats, giving Democrats a slim 51-49 majority.

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