With the 2016 general election just about a month away, Republicans are still in jeopardy of losing their majority in the US Senate. The one senatorial seat that many believed would never be considered a “toss up” is that of Senator John McCain’s.
The five-term senator is being challenged by popular Democratic Congressman Ann Kirkpatrick, who regardless of her support for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), has been able to put McCain on the defensive.
Actually, McCain’s support for comprehensive immigration reform, which has turned off many Conservatives throughout the Grand Canyon State, has put the veteran senator in a defensive posture within his own voter base of support.
McCain’s once ardent Republican support has dwindled over the years, and that diminished support was evident in this past year’s GOP senatorial primary race where McCain won his race with only 51.7% of the popular vote.
Dr. Kelli Ward was able to garner 39.2% of the vote while two other Republican candidates were able to scrounge up another 9.1%.
If you add up the numbers, McCain squeezed out a win.
According to the RealClearPolitics.com average of polls. McCain is trouncing Rep. Kirkpatrick, but those poll numbers are expected to shrink as election day grows near.
Again, Obamacare is the boogeyman of all political issues. Regardless of whether or not Kirkpatrick believes the law “still needs work” or a “revision,” her support for Obamacare could ultimately turn out to be her political downfall.
Just like it is the case in Florida with Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican Party has to retain McCain’s seat in order retain their control in the US Senate.