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McCain to skip GOP convention

McCain to skip GOP convention
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family Arizona Dems hope higher Latino turnout will help turn the state blue McConnell: GOP could try to repeal ObamaCare again after midterms MORE (R-Ariz.), who is facing perhaps the toughest reelection race of his career, will skip the Republican presidential nominating convention in Cleveland in July.

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McCain says he will be focusing instead on his own race against Democratic Rep. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickDems outraising Republicans in final stretch of midterms Kirkpatrick makes comeback by winning Arizona Democratic House primary Live results: Arizona and Florida hold primaries MORE. He also has to worry about a late primary, which is scheduled for Aug. 30.

“I have to campaign for reelection, and I have always done that when I’m up,” he said. “We have a late primary in Arizona.” 

Recent polls show McCain and Kirkpatrick deadlocked, despite McCain’s nearly 30 years of service in the upper chamber and his close to 100-percent name identification.

McCain acknowledged that it’s possible the party’s eventual presidential nominee could drag down GOP candidates down ballot such as himself.

“That’s always a concern,” he said.

But he reiterated that he will support the party’s eventual nominee, whomever it turns out to be.  

This will be the first time McCain has not spoken at a GOP convention since 1984, just a year after he was first elected to Congress.