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 TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid 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 ClintonJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Biden leads Trump by 12 points among Catholic voters: poll The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden goes on offense MORE in 2016.

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyTumultuous court battle upends fight for Senate Grassley, Ernst pledge to 'evaluate' Trump's Supreme Court nominee The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden goes on offense MORE (R), who was tapped the fill the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden's six best bets in 2016 Trump states Replacing Justice Ginsburg could depend on Arizona's next senator The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Washington on edge amid SCOTUS vacancy 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 ClintonGOP brushes back charges of hypocrisy in Supreme Court fight Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates 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 FlakeJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Republican former Michigan governor says he's voting for Biden Maybe they just don't like cowboys: The president is successful, some just don't like his style 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 McCainKasich to Meghan McCain: Concern over abortion 'dwarfed' by need to beat Trump Meghan McCain says she believes report Trump called fallen soldiers 'losers' Meghan McCain hits Ivanka Trump's defense of president's Twitter: It's not a 'communication style,' it's 'cruelty' 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."