Cindy McCain: I can see Arizona 'going Democrat' in 2020

Cindy McCain: I can see Arizona 'going Democrat' in 2020
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Cindy McCain said Wednesday she believes Arizona may vote for Democrats in the 2020 election, when the GOP is hoping to lock down the state for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE and Senate Republicans.

“I can see [Arizona] going Democrat, I really can,” McCain said in an interview for Politico's "Women Rule" podcast. “I’m not saying I want that, but I can see it happening.”


McCain attributed her prediction to a combination of the state’s growing Hispanic population and what she said was increased alienation from the party among moderates.

“We have a huge Hispanic population now that have found their voice in politics, number one. And number two, we have on my side of the aisle — on the Republican side — we see a local party in Arizona that’s not functioning well, and it’s excluding people,” she said.

“If you’re not walking the line, then you’re out. That’s just not right. That’s not the party that my husband and I belonged to.”

Trump is seeking to carry Arizona amid his reelection efforts in 2020 after winning the state by less than 4 points over Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: Bush could strike blow for Biden Zuckerberg expressed concern to Trump over rhetoric amid protests: Axios Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight MORE in 2016.

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Minneapolis protests rock the nation Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA Pence names new press secretary MORE (R), who was tapped the fill the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMontana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight How Obama just endorsed Trump Former Texas Rep. Sam Johnson dies at 89 MORE's (R-Ariz.) seat, is also battling ahead of a special election in the state to fill the remainder of his term until 2022.

The state has been won by a Republican presidential candidate going back to the 1950s, with the exception of the 1996 election when Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTop Democratic pollster advised Biden campaign to pick Warren as VP How Obama just endorsed Trump Trump, Biden signal how ugly the campaign will be MORE narrowly won the state.

But while Arizona has largely gone for Republicans in most recent election cycles, Democrats have seen opportunities to grow their support in the state.

Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema won election last year to replace retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump asserts his power over Republicans 'Never Trump' Republicans: Fringe, or force to be reckoned with? The Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? MORE (R-Ariz.), marking the first time a Democrat had won an open Senate seat in the state since 1976.

In the podcast interview this week, Cindy McCain was also asked about Trump's public feud with her husband following his death last year from brain cancer.

Since his death, Trump has repeatedly castigated the late GOP senator, saying earlier this year that he was “never a fan” of John McCain.

Cindy McCain said in the interview that while she found such incidents “frustrating” she has no intention of publicly engaging with the president.

“As far as I’m concerned, for me, it doesn’t do me any good to dwell on the past or dwell on anything that’s been negative or positive or whatever it may be,” she said. “I want this country to move forward. I want this country to be the vision that my husband had for it."

While Cindy McCain has largely declined to publicly weigh in on Trump's past comments, her daughter Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainCrowds flock to Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend CNN's Cuomo pulls out massive cotton swab to tease brother after live COVID-19 test Meghan McCain indicates she'll vote for Biden: 'Politics is personal' MORE has responded to Trump before, including calling him "a child."

She said earlier this year that her father "would think it was so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death."