A conservative state senator from western Arizona might take on Republican Sen. John McCain in next year’s GOP primary for the U.S. Senate.
State Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City, a physician entering her second term in the Legislature, confirmed late Sunday she is considering a run against McCain.
Ward would bring with her a fervent “tea party” base that has rebelled against McCain, pushing through a censure of the senator last year by the Arizona Republican Party. McCain allies recently failed in their attempt to install a new chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, the source of much of the senator’s political heartburn.
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