Arizona Senator John McCain has won his primary and is a lock to secure his sixth term in Washington come November. The king of the Sunday morning shows struggled early but pulled away late, underlining the power of incumbency as well as the need for a constitutional amendment mandating term limits. The media will be dancing and singing like Munchkins today now that one of their top go-to guys and a human sound bite machine has staved off the rabble. McCain’s win comes as rumors swirl about a “Russian” hacking of Arizona voter registration databases that casts an ominous shadow over the national election.
The Hill reports “McCain survives primary challenge”:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is projected to win his Senate primary as he seeks to win a sixth term.
McCain fended off a primary challenge by state Sen. Kelli Ward, who lobbed controversial attacks at the longtime senator and closely hitched her campaign to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. With just two precincts reporting results, the Associated Press called the race.
Ward said last week that McCain, 80, is too old to stay in the Senate, implying that he might die in office.
“I do know what happens to the body and the mind at the end of life,” she said.
Ward also said McCain has “several issues about race” and questioned whether he would come out against Trump if he wins his primary.
McCain largely ignored Ward throughout the primary, though his campaign ran one TV ad this month that attacked her for being inexperienced on national security.
McCain’s victory was the capper on a day when the establishment reasserted itself against a populist uprising. The dynamic duo of Marco Rubio and Debbie Wasserman Schultz both won their Florida primaries as well. This despite Wasserman Schultz’s exposure as a dishonest political hack by the leaked DNC emails and Rubio’s admission that he disliked his job to the point where he often didn’t bother to show up. There must be something afflicting South Florida voters and it isn’t Zika.
It’s looking like the only way that McCain is going to be dislodged from the Senate is when he dies there.