John McCain's long career in the Senate may be over. Per the Washington Examiner:
The last thing the vulnerable Senate majority needs right now is adding another seat to the list that could flip the chamber to Democratic control in November.
But a new poll suggests one of the party's most solid re-election prospects and most veteran members could be in trouble.
John McCain, an Arizona Republican who has served in the senate for five terms, is facing a tough challenge from Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, a new poll suggests.
McCain is "locked in a dead heat" with Kirkpatrick, according to a Rocky Mountain Poll released last week by the Behavioral Research Center.
The survey found McCain and Kirkpatrick captured 42 percent of the vote statewide, while 16 percent said they were undecided.
"Sen. McCain appears to have opened the door for Kirkpatrick to make gains with voters," BRC officials said in a statement.
The BRC poll is the second voter measurement in a month that shows a tight race between McCain and Kirkpatrick, who represents Arizona's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House.
It's a headache for Senate Republicans, who are already battling to maintain control of six GOP seats in very competitive races.
Whether McCain wins or not, one thing is clear: Republican voters are sick of the politics of genteel compromise and deference to liberalism that McCain and his ilk embody. The downside of that, at least in the short term, is the alienation of moderate voters and the loss of key Senate seats. But if the GOP can emerge from this election with a new set of priorities that more accurately reflects the economic and social interests of the base, the party may emerge in a much better place.