John McCain acknowledges he is in for a tough race to retain his Senate seat, now that his already shaky support among his Arizona constituents has been compounded by the unpredictable influence of having Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee, CBS News reports.
Assuming he prevails in his party's primary in August, McCain is likely to face Democrat Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, and polls indicate that contest would be a close race.
McCain, who has served five terms in the Senate, does not have overwhelming support in his state, with those thinking he has done a good job at 34 percent and 52 percent disapproving of his performance, according to Public Policy Polling.
Among Republican voters in the state, his numbers are only slightly better, as conservative voters do not trust him to toe the line.
Adding to those already problematic numbers is Trump's huge unpopularity among Hispanics, who are an increasingly larger percentage of the voters in Arizona.
Republicans in the state, however, told CBS News that McCain has a strong relationship with the Hispanic community during his almost 30 years in office and that trust could offset the negative association of being in the same party with Trump.
Experts also point out that McCain has several advantages that could come into play, such as his building up over his almost three decades in office, an extensive political network and organizational apparatus that is often key in winning elections.
Political analysts point out that the Trump factor is quite unpredictable. Although the Democrats will try to tie McCain to Trump, since the senator has said he would support whoever is the Republican nominee, the two men have had enough public spats that voters might differentiate between the two when voting in November despite them being in the same party.
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