McCain faces toughest reelection of his career

by Alexander Bolton and Scott Wong  |  published on March 20, 2016

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is facing what may be the toughest reelection of his Senate career in an unpredictable presidential year, when many voters are angry with Washington.

Early polls show McCain tied with his Democratic challenger, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), at around 40 percent despite having nearly 100-percent name recognition in the state he has represented in either the Senate or House since 1983.

“The basic problem for John McCain is the same kind of thing that faces a lot of incumbents right now. He’s been there a long time. People are leery of Washington. They don’t like Washington,” said former Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe, who served 18 years alongside McCain in Arizona’s congressional delegation.

“This is a very tough challenge, probably the toughest race that he’s faced since he was first elected,” Kolbe added.

  • fbronson7

    mccain is to soft to wishy washy, he to concerned with trying to please every one give away money we don’t have, give our country. its time to clean house thats why washington doesn’t like trump, he can not be bought.

  • MoonBeamWatcher

    With a NICK-NAME of “SongBird” I’m confused as to why the good people of Arizona have sent him back to DC year after year! “The proof is in the pudding” was when Mr. Obama sent “MAC” to Egypt to urge them to reinstall Soetoes Palls the Moslom Brotherhood! These “Peace Loving” Mosloms are threwout the White House and have impacted the REALISTIC evaluation of these people who cannot be subservient to any laws not contained in the Koran! Proof is the constant attempts to establish Shia Courts to administer Islamic law.

  • noboZos

    t] John McCain, incumbent Senator. Alex Meluskey, printing company owner and FairTax activist. David Pizer, businessman. Clair Van Steenwyk, talk radio host, candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012 and candidate for AZ-08 in 2014.Kelli Ward, former State Senator

  • gf

    When McCain called the people of Arizona, at a Trump rally: “Looney’s”. He FUBARed himself. Also, he is last of the: “Keating Five”, still in office. Come on people of Arizona, put this clown to pasture.

  • TOM

    John thank you for your service to this country. But like the other Rino’s it is time for you to depart. Your views have become distorted and you are no longer a useful part of the GOP. This last term you have sided more with liberal ideas than being a conservative. Bye John

  • RuFus92

    As much as I admire the man for his past services, I do believe that it is time for him to go home and enjoy what ever time he is allowed in retirement. To very willing to sell out to the democrats in to many things.

  • Carline D. Long Jr.

    John McCain Has Been Censured By The Arizona GOP! Grassroots Republicans Want To Replace John McCain With A True Conservative It Is Time To Replace John McCain With Kelli Ward!

  • Original Anna

    I thought that he was not running because another republican was running with more backing than him. What happened? Well, if Kelli is running against him as a republican what the heck is with bringing up the democrat that he is running against. How is Kelli doing against McCain, that is what we want to know right now.

  • TAM44

    john mccain has been a pain in the A$$ since he was voted in, nothing but a closet democrat to begin with. Will not be missed, only by the other closet democrats in the establishment.

  • SAnnSM

    I am voting for Kelli Ward a conservative and knows the Constitution. I will not vote for McCain or will I vote for Kirkpatrick who is to be the next Pelosi! I have had enough of her as a Rep. She deceived the people of her district when she voted for Obamacare and walked out on some in one of her town hall meeting. Then she lost to Gosar and the idiots voted her into office again. Also what is coming out about McCain’s election is be publicized with McCain vs Kirkpatrick. No one is hardly talking about McCain vs Ward who was ahead of him in the polls that were taken earlier. So, the MSM and others are deceitful as usual!

  • Ken says

    Folks seem to be aware of George Soros – a week ago he put millions into the Kaslich campaign and Goldman Sacks and CITI + a billionalre kicked in $11 million to back Cruz – nothing quite as good as a Professional Politician.

  • Ken says

    It seems that the AZ voters are awake and recognize an Establishment Puppet that has lied to them to get elected then from DC flipped them off.

  • George Cullen

    Overdue time for this RINO to retire with dignity. Make room for the NEW breed of conservative cat that won’t play pattycake in the sandbox with B.O. And his demoncrats and rinocrats.

  • antilib

    I was very disappointed that no-one is primarying Roy Blunt, my GOP senator. He’s another career politician who has never held a real job. He’s in nearly every photo of Mitch McConnell. I’ll have to see what’s on the ballot in November, but I may be voting for a Democrat for the first time in my life. It seems the only way to get these bums out of our government. He in no way represents me and doesn’t care.

  • AHP1081

    Really need to vote for Keli Ward in the primary. McCain is a democrat lite and Kirkpatrick is just an inch from being a full blown Socialist. She kisses Obama’s butt every chance she gets.

  • used_to_be_a_liberal

    Why isn’t there a conservative running against him? Do not elect a democrat!!!!

  • Rodney Steward

    Please Arizona, stop voting this sorry POS in office! He’s just a different form of a Harry Reid, and he talks about all this stuff he’s been doing for our Vets., and yet nothing has changed for the good!

  • clem

    I wish John (Songbird) McCain were my Senator; so I could vote his worthless a$$ out. The only time he even PRETENDS to be a Republican, is just prior to election time. “It is time to feed the hogs.”

  • reggie

    Who is counting your vote, AZ? A soros company? Find out.

  • reggie

    McCain, wny don’t you be honest about your time in captivity? Hero, my okole. Just go away.

  • Smitch

    I live in Arizona and my vote is for Kelly Ward! Sh_t-head out!

    • reggie

      Make sure a soros company is not counting your vote.

    • rwp24382

      I thought she was supposed to be ahead of McCain in the polls for the primary? Have they not had their GOP primary for his seat, yet?

      • Smitch

        That is what the press wants you believe. You are correct!

  • Andy Palmer

    No, the problem with John McCain is his confusion about which party he represents. He and Lindsey Graham are democrats masquerading as republicans.

    • reggie

      He’s confused about a lot of things, including his ‘heroism’ in Viet Nam.

    • Joann Holmes

      Couldn’t have said it better.

    • podunk1

      No republican challenged his name on a primary ticket???
      No independent???

      Can’t keep crapping in the same pot!
      Got to flush the rot.

    • noboZos

      He’s not confused. He tells the ppl one thing to get the votes. Then he continues to kiss ass to the lobbiests that make them career politicians filthy stinking rich and at the expense of the taxpayers!

  • Webb

    Arizona…Wake up and Vote McCain out of office!
    30 years on the Government Dole and tax payers dollar!

  • carpkiller

    You can bet he will have voter fraud moving for him. The sob should be in a hole in Vietnam somewhere.

    • reggie

      Everyone needs to demand to know which companies have been awarded the vote count. Soros has his finger in at least 900 jurisdictions.

      • AHP1081

        Good point!. I heard, but did not confirm, that some agency in france or spain did the last presidential.

  • psychosally

    dont they have other repubs in this state that could run

    • AHP1081

      My wife has a tee shirt with the caption “Cute but totally psycho”. Anyway, Keli Ward is running against the traitor mccain in the primaries. Yes, I am supporting her.

  • Terry Rushing

    I am disappointed to learn that McCain is doing so well, He is a part of the Obama cheering squad, Republican division. He, like too many other “republicans” need to be retired.

    • noboZos

      WHO is running on the Republican ticket? Ann Kirkpatrick is a bit ch and votes her own agenda. Not the peoples!!! I know bcuz I sent her an email to vote a certain way on an issue and she wrote and said she was voting HER way. Basically she was saying F off your views dont matter… only HERS!! SHE NEEDS TO GO TOO! She can F herself! I am not a Democrat but I do write both sides of the aisle when it comes to the issues!!!

      • AHP1081

        Haven’t heard who is running against her. You are probably aware that she is the representative for the largest “land mass” district in Arizona and it is one of the districts with a large quantity of welfare recipients, ie democrats. The only acceptable side of the aisle is the Constitutional side.

      • MoonBeamWatcher

        noboZos, don’t cleve to the “DEMOCRAT” monica because they are not YOUR fathers DNC! Just like Butchie Jenner isn’t a pine tree, meaning that the Woodpeckers and Termites all know better! High time you use your God given talents and look beyond the label. Sez this once life long and former PROUD Democrat – Veteran, and elected union officer and E Board member and Convention delegate.

        • noboZos

          I am not a Democrat or republican. I got out of mainstream and re registered to vote in primary since my guy “suspended”. Now With The Voter Suppression Going On In Maricopa County… (AZ), ITS LIKE…WTF! That county recorder needs to take her exit que and QUICK!!!!! I am looking into what it takes to become a delegate. Since they’re saying the vote of the people do that matter. Did you know states rightso supercede federal law??? So… why aren’t our senators and congressmen/women and governors standing up for states rights??!!!!

    • Rodney Steward

      Just another Obama lap dawg!!

  • Joan Davenport

    I hope the people of Arizona kick this guy out….he’s definitely been there too long and this year people are really fed up with career politicians.

    • Karll

      What conservative is running to replace him?

      • AHP1081

        I heard Keli Ward is running against him. I will have to verify.

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