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 TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff 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.”

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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 ClintonComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Trump dismisses reports of Russian meddling, labels them Democratic 'misinformation campaign' The new American center MORE in 2016.

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyTrump seeks to boost vulnerable GOP senator with Colorado rally Democratic Senate campaign arm raised more than .5 million in January On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump MORE (R), who was tapped the fill the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria Meghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' 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 ClintonMeghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' Enlightening the pardon power The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate 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 FlakeMcSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad McSally launches 2020 campaign Sinema will vote to convict Trump 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 McCainIlhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' Meghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' Meghan McCain rips Blagojevich pardon: He is 'like the swampiest swamp creature in the world' 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."