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McCain, challengers heat up Senate race

As the Republican primary battle between U.S. Senator John McCain and J.D. Hayworth heats up, two Democrats may be on the verge of campaigning to be the first Democratic senator from Arizona in 15 years.... Read more»

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Apr 1, 2010, 9:46 pm
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I can’t help but think the tea party types will gravitate toward Hayworth. McCain, despite his recent pandering to these extremists, is exactly the kind of Republican they consider a RINO.
If McCain does lose the primary, I expect we may see some more prominent Democrats enter the race, as neither of the two Dems mentioned in this report have any statewide name recognition or, frankly, the experience to be a viable candidate. City council to US Senate? That’s quite a leap, and attempting to win a seat in the U.S. Senate without ever having run of r any office is even tougher. But. I suppose stranger things have happened.
Another possibility is that, should McCain lose the Republican primary, he might, “pull a Lieberman,” and run as an independent. He certainly has the money, and it would be correct to assume the general election voters are more moderate than the average primary voter in either party. McCain’s one problem would be re-positioning himself again as a “moderate,” after renouncing so many of his former moderate positions to please the tea party crowd.

Apr 2, 2010, 8:03 am
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I agree, Jim. I think McCain could have a tough time as an independent. He’s got the recognition factor, though. But would his pride allow him to run?

I just can’t figure out the Democrats. This would seem to be a prime opportunity, but, no offense to Glassman, they don’t seem to be trying very hard. August could be too late to make a move.

Apr 2, 2010, 9:45 am
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Michael, I was trying to figure out which more promiuent Democrats might jump into the race. Goddard seems intent on running for governor, and I can’t see Janet stepping down from her Homeland Security position to take a shot at it. Giffords needs at least a couple more terms in Congress, and also lacks statewide name recognition. Who does that leave in your opinion, among the Dems who could actually pull it off? I think McCain has little pride left, and would follow the example of his good friend Joe Lieberman, if the polls indicated he could win that way. McCain is addicted to the media attention he receives, which is why he feels compelled to accept any and all offers to appear on the Sunday talk shows.

Apr 2, 2010, 8:23 pm
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you never mentioned the other democrat.with him in the race nither haywort or glassman are geting the
hispanic vote. i am talking about Rudy Garcia

Apr 3, 2010, 7:44 am
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El charro,

You’re right. We missed him. We’ll follow up.


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