ARIZONA: Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain cleared the first hurdle in his bid for a sixth term when he won his party’s nomination in the August 30 primary, beating physician and Tea Party conservative Kelli Ward, 52 percent to 39 percent. McCain is no stranger to challenges from the right. In 2010, he survived a challenge from former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth with 56 percent of the vote. The next, and equally high, hurdle is the general election where McCain will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. On the campaign trail and in television ads, Kirkpatrick has argued that there is a need for new blood and new ideas in the Senate, while calling for term limits. It is an interesting argument for a candidate who has served three terms in the House. Kirkpatrick is likely to hit on other issues like immigration, as well as work to tie McCain to Donald Trump despite the fact that the incumbent hasn’t exactly embraced his party’s presidential nominee. McCain is likely to focus on his record and issues like national security and
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