McCain to skip GOP convention

McCain to skip GOP convention
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain would have said ‘enough’ to acrimony in midterms, says Cindy McCain Trump nominates Jim Gilmore for ambassador post Arizona New Members 2019 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 KirkpatrickArizona New Members 2019 14 House Dems vow to withhold Speaker votes over rule reforms Women play pivotal role in delivering House to Dems 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.