The Hill: state Sen. Kelli Ward to primary John McCain


The Hill reports that one of the most whacked out Teabaggers of the Arizona legislature, Sen. Kelli “Chemtrails” Ward (R-Lake Havasu City), will primary Arizona’s angry old man, Sen. John “Surge” McCain in the GOP senate primary. McCain poised to get first GOP challenger:

Republican Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward, who has spent months weighing a potential bid against McCain, emailed her supporters on Friday and said she would announce her plans at a “major event” on Tuesday.

“I’ve been truly honored and humbled by all the encouragement and support I’ve gotten from tens of thousands of Arizonians like you who want fresh, courageous new leadership,” Ward, 46, wrote in the message.

She called McCain, the hawkish chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, a “liberal.” Ward also criticized his support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and mass surveillance programs.

“Weak-kneed establishment Republicans have gone along with the Obama agenda, and the conservatives in Congress have begged us to send them reinforcements,” according to Ward.

Gosar Bundy Ward 14 April 2014

Here is Sen. Kelli Ward and Congressman Paul Gosar posing with deadbeat rancher and racist Cliven Bundy during his standoff with federal law enforcement officers for the “capture, impound, and removal of his trespass cattle” from federal grazing lands in 2014.

McCain is unpopular with some conservatives in Arizona and could face more primary challengers in the months ahead.

Outside conservative groups are pushing Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) to challenge the 78-year-old McCain.

In May, the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling released data that showed McCain garnering more support than Ward among Arizona voters who identify as “very conservative.”

Ward took only 31 percent support against McCain, who had 44 percent among such voters.

McCain also has a significant cash advantage. He raised $2.1 million in the first quarter, bringing his total cash on hand to over $3.6 million. His fundraising numbers for the second quarter could be released as soon this week.

Immigration could be a key issue in the border state.

On Friday, McCain took a swipe at 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying that the “circus” surrounding the debate on illegal immigration is damaging the GOP.

Pop the popcorn! After the racist rantings of “The Donald” in Phoenix over the weekend, a wackadoodle like Kelli “Chemtrails” Ward challenging “Surge” McCain is going to make for an entertaining GOP senate primary and could boost the chances of Democratic challenger Ann Kirkpatrick in the general election.


  1. In a Republican primary, with a low turnout, anything can happen. Just ask how Trent Franks, or Evan Mechem got out of the primary, Franks for what seems is a lifetime job, as one of the most useless Congressman in History. Michael Ward is the one who really wants the seat, but he will settle for Mrs. Ward.

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