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Kelli Ward Expected to Lose Tuesday’s Arizona Primary

Good riddance.

By NTK Staff | 08.28.2018 @8:00am
Kelli Ward Expected to Lose Tuesday’s Arizona Primary

Republican voters in Arizona will have the opportunity Tuesday to decide which candidate they want to face off against Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in the U.S. Senate.

The race has been overshadowed in recent days by the death of American hero and longtime Arizona senator, John McCain. And while most candidates in Arizona issued somber, respectful messages about the late senator, one Republican candidate took the opportunity to make his death about her.

Kelli Ward, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in 2018 and also 2016, when she unsuccessfully challenged McCain, wrote on social media on Saturday that the McCain family’s announcement that he would stop receiving treatment coincided with the launch of her campaign bus tour in an effort to sabotage her earned media opportunities.

“I think they wanted to have a particular narrative that they hope is negative to me,” Ward wrote, and later deleted.

But this is nothing new for Ward. In fact, in recent years, the only reason she’s earned any kind of press attention at all is for outlandish and offensive remarks, many of which were directed at McCain.

Just over one year ago, before Flake withdrew from his reelection campaign, Ward sent a fundraising email that sought to leverage the shooting at a congressional baseball practice to raise money for her campaign.

Following McCain’s announcement that he was diagnosed with brain cancer, Ward called on McCain to retire immediately and for the Arizona governor to appoint her to the position.

Then on Monday, Ward tweeted, “Political correctness is like a cancer!” two days after McCain died of actual cancer.

“Have you no shred of decency?” one Twitter user asked in response. “You’re just awful,” wrote another.

On the previously mentioned bus tour, Ward brought along noted conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich to entice reporters to cover her campaign. (Ward has come under fire herself for being a conspiracy theorist, most notably for remarks she’s made about so-called “chemtrails” produce by airliners.)

The gambit worked, and on a bus ride to Phoenix with Cernovich and reporters, Ward was forced to defend an absurd theory that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad did not actually gas his own people.

“He’s been out there kind of exposing some of the things that go on in the United States that many times people in the mainstream media won’t talk about,” Ward says carefully.

“Conspiracy theories,” says the CNN reporter.

“Well, you’ll have to talk to him,” Ward says.

About the Syrian gassing being a hoax, she offers, “there is evidence out there we have to explore.”

Ward has trailed Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in most primary polls.

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