John McCain Could Get a Primary Challenge From State Senator Kelli Ward

Republican Senator John McCain again may face a primary challenge from the right.

State Senator Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City sent an e-mail to supporters saying she's going to "test the waters" to see if she can drum up enough support to be a viable challenger to McCain.

"As I look to the future, I am receiving huge support from the grassroots, encouraging me to consider a run for the U.S. Senate in 2016," Ward's e-mail says. "Because of the outcry for a new, positive, principled voice for Arizona in Washington, I am moving to test the waters in regard to this challenging opportunity to determine if the financial and political paths to victory really do exist."

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Matthew Hendley
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