Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Ann Kirkpatrick (D) released a devastating ad that ties Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to his party’s presidential nominee.
McCain Faces Tough Primary
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Arizona finds Sen. John McCain leading a multi-candidate primary field with 39%, followed by Kelli Ward at 26%, Alex Meluskey at 4%, Scott McBean at 3%, and Clair Van Steenwyk at 2%. Another 27% are undecided.
In a head-to-head match up, McCain and Ward are tied at 41%.
Key finding: “Only 35% of GOP voters approve of the job McCain is doing to 50% who disapprove.”
Kirkpatrick Ties McCain to Trump
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) is out with a brutal ad tying Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to Donald Trump. Expect to see many more ads like this in U.S. Senate races around the country.
Kirkpatrick Will Challenge McCain in Arizona
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) will challenge Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for U.S. Senate, Roll Call reports, giving Democrats a top recruit in a potential pick-up opportunity in 2016.
Arizona Independents Not Shut Out of GOP Primaries
“Arizona’s nearly 1.2 million political independents will be able to continue to influence who Republicans nominate for office, at least for the foreseeable future,” the Verde Independent reports.
“The executive committee of the Arizona Republican Party on Saturday rejected a proposal to try to close future primaries and limit participation to the 1.1 million who are officially members of the Grand Old Party. Party spokesman Tim Sifert said committee members concluded it made no sense to try to challenge a 1998 voter-approved measure which paved the way for independents to vote.”
Bonus Quote of the Day
“I think they have to be ready. Everybody knows it’s not beanbag.”
— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), quoted by Politico, with a warning to potential tea party challengers as he gears up for his re-election race.
McCain Will Run for Re-Election
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told NBC News that he will run for re-election even though he is currently 78 years old but will be 80 by Election Day in 2016.
Said McCain: “I say watch me. Take a look. Take a look at my 18 hour days. Take a look at the hearings we have. Take a look at my legislative accomplishments.”
Flake Backs McCain in Arizona Senate Primary
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) “is throwing his weight behind Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), endorsing his home-state colleague against any potential primary foes,” The Hill reports.
“The endorsement could help McCain against a Tea Party challenge. Flake remains popular with Arizona’s conservative base despite his split from activists on immigration reform.”
McCain’s Tea Party Purge
“Nearly a year ago, tea party agitators in Arizona managed to get John McCain censured by his own state party. Now, he’s getting his revenge,” Politico reports.
“As the longtime Republican senator lays the groundwork for a likely 2016 reelection bid, his political team is engaging in an aggressive and systematic campaign to reshape the state GOP apparatus by ridding it of conservative firebrands and replacing them with steadfast allies.”
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