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 John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin 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 KirkpatrickLatina Leaders to Watch 2018 Gold Star father attacked by Trump steps up role in Dem primaries House Dems highlight promising new candidates 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.