PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) picked up another endorsement for his re-election bid Thursday, with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey throwing his support behind the five-term U.S. legislator.
“History will count John McCain as one of the most fearless leaders of our generation and a genuine Arizona hero,” Ducey said in a statement. “A man who always puts service above self, John McCain is a revered fighter and a fierce advocate for Arizona”
McCain has loaded up on the state’s top official: He has also earned the backing of Republican former Arizona governors Jan Brewer, Fife Symington and Jane Hull.
Political observers have speculated that this will be a difficult bid for McCain, citing early polls that showed his Democratic opponent, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, had worked her way to a tie with him.
McCain told KTAR News 92.3’s Mac & Gaydos in May that he expected “a tough campaign” and that divisive presumptive GOP presidential Donald Trump wasn’t making it easy.
In fact, McCain will skip his party’s convention next week in Cleveland, Ohio, to focus on his campaign.
Still, McCain is expected to win the state’s Aug. 30 primary against former state Sen. Kelli Ward. The Lake Havasu City osteopath quit her seat in the winter to begin her run against the 79-year-old.
McCain thanked Ducey for his support in a statement, in part:
“I admire Governor Ducey’s passion and commitment to our state and for serving the people of Arizona. I am honored to call him a friend and appreciate his support for my reelection.”