Rep. Ruben Gallego snags support from abortion-rights group that once backed Kyrsten Sinema

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A powerful abortion-rights group is throwing its support behind Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego in the Arizona Senate race after having backed Democratic-turned-independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in her last election.

Reproductive Freedom for All, formerly known as NARAL Pro-Choice America, a key organization that funds candidates who support abortion rights, is officially endorsing Gallego on Wednesday, it said in an announcement first shared with NBC News. 

Gallego announced his run against Sinema in January, after she left the Democratic Party and became an independent late last year. Sinema has not publicized her re-election plans yet, but she has been preparing to run again, including quietly pitching herself to donors, NBC News has reported.

The organization’s move to back Gallego is notable — Reproductive Freedom for All was one of many like-minded groups that endorsed Sinema’s campaign for the Senate in 2018, in which its affiliated super PAC, Women’s Choice, spent over $1.3 million in support. And Sinema has been a reliable vote for abortion rights during her time in Congress. She pledged to maintain that record after she switched party affiliations, and NARAL’s most recent congressional score card, published in 2021, listed her with a 100% record.