Arizona Sen. John McCain will declare a bid today for a sixth six-year term, an aide confirmed early Tuesday morning.
The announcement, set for 2:30 p.m. ET at an Arizona Chamber of Commerce event in Phoenix, end speculation that Republican and former GOP presidential nominee might retire after his term expires at the end of 2016.
McCain, who has drawn the ire of conservatives throughout his career, is likely to face a primary challenger. So far, only State Sen. Kelli Ward, who is little known outside her district, has showed strong interest in a bid. Conservatives are also hopeful that Rep. Matt Salmon will decide to challenge McCain.
If McCain can survive a primary, he’d be the immediate favorite to hang on for another term in the Republican-leaning state.
He also spent late 2014 and early 2015 working to install allies and oust critics in key local Republican posts that have created headaches for him heading into the new election cycle.
McCain was elected to his fifth term in 2010 after a bruising primary in which he was forced to spend $20 million against little-known J.D. Hayworth, a former congressman. Much of his funding in that race was leftover from his failed 2008 presidential bid, and his opponents are hopeful that he’s not as well-financed for a potentially expensive primary fight this time.
McCain, 78, raised $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2015 and will report $3.6 million on hand in his Federal Election Commission report.
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