McCain’s loss could mean the end of his presidential hopes

Arizona Senate race moved to ‘toss-up’ for Aug. 30 primary

Sen. John McCain lost the presidential primary but came out victorious on Friday night — the latest casualty in a brutal campaign season.

A new poll in Arizona shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell still leading Republican rival Martha McSally 54 percent to 46 percent. Sen. John McCain fared even worse, with 37 percent of the vote to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s 33 percent.

The result is a stunning decline for McCain, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee in 2016, despite a surge of endorsements from GOP senators. McCain’s loss could mean the end of his presidential hopes, and with it the GOP’s chance at retaking the Senate majority or preserving it.

McSally, the first-term congresswoman from California, was campaigning across Arizona on Friday night, calling herself the “fighter” who put Arizona first. She’s touting her role in securing a border overhaul with President Trump, a tough line against illegal immigration that has won over conservative voters. On Friday, just hours after her loss, she gave a news conference claiming credit for “saving the Republican Party” from the likes of Donald Trump.

McSally campaigned hard on behalf of her opponent, noting that she had more endorsements from Republican senators than McCain ever got from fellow Republicans — a sign of a more moderate, establishment candidate in the race.

“I am the last person to talk about endorsements — I have a lot of them,” McSally said. She didn’t mention that she also had endorsements from the Tea Party, which has been helping her in a tough race.

Thursday night’s election gave Republicans a majority in the Senate, which would mean a pickup of two seats on the floor if Democrats and the Green Party didn’t take control. McCain, McConnell and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine lost,

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