US Sen. John McCain to skip Trump Phoenix visit

Cheryl Sanders
September 1, 2016

Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), both members of the Senate's loose-borders Gang of Eight, won primary races yesterday against more conservative opponents, Rubio convincingly and McCain handily. John McCain is now facing what he's termed "the toughest re-election fight of (his) career" after winning Tuesday's Republican primary over former state senator Kelli Ward.

Ward had tried to make McCain's age - he's 80 years old - a detriment, even warning that the longtime USA senator and former Republican presidential candidate could die in office.

Ward also said McCain has "several issues about race" and questioned whether he would come out against Trump if he wins his primary. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his wife, Cindy McCain, leave a polling station after voting, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Phoenix. "McCain to retire and it's time for new blood to go into Washington, D.C., and the people overwhelmingly want to vote for Kelli Ward", she said in a recent interview.

Arpaio easily beat former Buckeye Police Chief Dan Saban and two other lesser-known Republican opponents Tuesday. Former dot-com executive Christine Jones had a narrow lead over Senate President Andy Biggs in a race that was too close to call.

The victory buoys a key figure in US national security in his fight for a sixth term against well-funded Democratic challenger Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.

And in a sweeping district that includes much of Arizona outside the Tucson and Phoenix metro areas, five Republicans are vying for the chance to advance to November and face the Democrat seeking Kirkpatrick's seat. He faces a tough Democratic challenge in November's general election from U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.

"I want to be judged on my merit, on my performance and my contributions to my community and my nation", he said.

- In the state's First District, Paul Babeu won the Republican vote.

In the Arizona GOP primary, McCain held a 20-point lead against former state legislator Kelli Ward in early returns, according to the Associated Press. Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011 and resigned a year later.

On Tuesday, Heinz defeated challenger Victoria Steele, a former state lawmaker and past news anchor and mental health counselor.

McCain says this year's campaign "has a ways to go yet and it's not going to get any easier".

But the contest between Ward and McCain was often overshadowed by Trump and his outspoken comments.

Other reports by iNewsToday