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McCain faces primary election challengers in U.S. Senate race

DEBRA MORTON GELBART | Contributing Writer | Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:00 am

The U.S. Senate race in Arizona has captured the attention of political observers outside of the state. The Hill, a Washington, D.C.-based political newspaper, noted in March that incumbent Sen. John McCain is facing the toughest re-election challenge of his career. He’s being opposed in the primary by Republican State Sen. Kelli Ward, who’s also an osteopathic physician in Lake Havasu City, and by Republican Alex Meluskey, a printing company owner in Scottsdale. Other Republican candidates include Clair Van Steenwyk, who is also running for Congressional District 8 but whose name will be taken off the ballot in one or the other of those races before Election Day, and write-in candidate Sean Webster.

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, currently representing Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, is running in the Democratic primary for the

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