Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) holds a slight lead over tea party challenger state senator Kelli Ward ahead of Tuesday’s hotly contested primary battle, according to a recent poll.
WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) holds a slight lead over tea party challenger state senator Kelli Ward ahead of Tuesday’s hotly contested primary battle, according to a recent poll.
A recent Breitbart/Gravis poll shows McCain leading Ward 37 percent to 33 percent among likely primary voters. That sampling consisted of 780 potential voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.
McCain, 80, a decorated Vietnam Veteran who has served in the Senate for thirty years is the chairman of the Armed Services Committee and in 2008 was the Republican nominee for president.
The former Navy pilot has a reputation for being an independent-minded Republican and has at times sparred with more conservative members of the GOP. He has also long been at odds with many Arizona Republican party officials for championing previously unpopular issues such as immigration and campaign finance reform.
Ward, a physician and West Virginia native, is aware of McCain disenchantment among Tea Party activists and is trying to translate that disproval into votes. She also has enthusiastically endorsed Donald Trump whereas McCain has largely offered unenthusiastic support for the GOP presidential nominee.
Ward recently came under fire for subtly suggesting in a Thursday interview that McCain, who is pushing 80, is getting too old to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate.
“I’m a doctor,” Ward told Politico. “The life expectancy of the American male is not 86. It’s less.”
McCain responded to Ward’s criticism in that same interview:
“It turns people off,” McCain told Politico. “I think it harms all of us when you have this level of personal attacks. I don’t think it’s good for the political process.”