McCain and Rubio win Senate primaries, but face tough fights ahead

John McCain managed to overcome his primary challenger, doctor and former state senator Kelli Ward, Tuesday in the race to retain the nomination and hold onto his seat in November.

Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), both members of the Senate's loose-borders Gang of Eight, won primary races yesterday against more conservative opponents, Rubio convincingly and McCain handily.

McCain has also been dogged with questions about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has made comments that drew the senator's ire, and even questioned McCain's own status as a war hero because he was a prisoner of war.

U.S. Sen. John McCain says he's humbled by and grateful for his win in Tuesday's primary as he seeks a sixth term in November.

Also on the Republican ballot is radio talk show host Clair Van Steenwyk, along with Alex Meluskey, who suspended his campaign early this month.

"Afraid that Arizonans won't "want" her in the U.S. Senate if they learn more about her record and positions, Ann Kirkpatrick has been hiding out", said state Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham said in an accompanying statement.

McCain's speech covered the issues he wants to focus on such as national security, health care, veterans care and the economy. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, easily defeat challenger Tim Canova, who was supported by Sen.

In the 1st District, five Republicans are vying for the chance to advance to the General Election and face the Democrat seeking Kirkpatrick's seat.

"My opponent, Ann Kirkpatrick, is a good person". They are on offense in more than enough states right now - 10 - to be on track to take back the Senate.

A recent CNN/ORC International poll showed McCain with a 13-point lead over Kirkpatrick, although the race may tighten now that the primaries are over. Presumably, that will change if and when other polling agencies decide to start polling in the state.

John McCain, R-Ariz., and his wife, Cindy McCain, arrive to vote at a polling station, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Phoenix.

The state Republican Party displayed the poster Thursday on the party's website (http://az.gop/ ) and posted it on Twitter. Kirkpatrick has attacked McCain's support for the polarizing Donald Trump as proof he is no longer the political maverick who won the GOP's presidential nomination in in 2008. Because of this, Democrats are likely to focus on the top of the ticket in an effort to hurt McCain going forward.

Kim Martinetti, a real estate broker, said she voted for someone other than McCain for the first time.

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