Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain could be facing a tough re-election bid in 2010 if former GOP Rep. J.D. Hayworth decides to run against in the Republican primary. Hayworth has not yet announced a decision, but polls show him virtually dead-even with McCain should he seek the nomination. Whichever wins the nomination is considered a virtual shoe-in to be elected in the Fall campaign with Democrats on the run in the wake of Obama's first year in office:
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, could be in for a bumpy re-election ride should former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., run against him in the primary. But if McCain survives the primary, most experts believe he has little to worry about from the Democrats. . . . .Here is video of Hayworth speaking a few weeks ago to the Arizona GOP State Party Headquarters:
On the Senate side, McCain is seeking a fifth term. So far, no marquee-name Democrat has emerged to challenge him, with Tucson City Councilman Rodney Glassman the most prominent possible candidate.
Despite topping the GOP's national ticket in 2008, McCain's toughest fight could come in the Republican primary. His opponents already include Minuteman Civil Defense Corps co-founder Chris Simcox and could include Hayworth, the six-term congressman upset by Mitchell in 2006.
Hayworth, now an afternoon conservative radio-talk-show host on Phoenix radio station KFYI, is considering a run. A recent statewide poll found him in a virtual tie with McCain.
"No matter who runs, I always take every race seriously. I always work hard," McCain said. "Since the end of my presidential campaign, as I have traveled extensively in the state, I have been very touched by the warmth of the reception I have gotten." . . . MORE