McCain survives primary challenge
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McCain fended off a primary challenge by state Sen. Kelli Ward, who lobbed controversial attacks at the longtime senator and closely hitched her campaign to GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpObama intel chief wonders if Trump is trying to make 'Russia great again' Trump Jr., Manafort reach deal to avoid public hearing next week House Intel panel to interview Kushner amid Russia probe MORE. With just two precincts reporting results, The Associated Press called the race.
Ward said last week that McCain, 80, is too old to stay in the Senate, implying that he might die in office.
“I do know what happens to the body and the mind at the end of life,” she said.
Ward also said McCain has “several issues about race” and questioned whether he would come out against Trump if he wins his primary.
McCain largely ignored Ward throughout the primary, though his campaign ran one TV ad this month that attacked her for being inexperienced on national security.
McCain will face a tough general election race against Rep. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickMajor progressive group endorses Martha McSally challenger Women make little gains in new Congress McCain wins sixth Senate term MORE, though he currently leads the Democrat in polling.
Democrats have been trying to nationalize the race, tying McCain to Trump. They believe Trump’s harsh rhetoric regarding immigration could help them in a state with a large Hispanic population.