Arizona legislator exploring Senate run against McCain

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona legislator says she's formally exploring a possible primary challenge to Sen. John McCain, a fellow Republican and five-term incumbent.

State Sen. Kelli Ward said in Monday's announcement that she wants to provide a "new, positive, principled voice for Arizona in Washington" and that she's received strong encouragement to run in 2016.

However, her announcement largely amounted to a fundraising appeal, saying she needs more than just words of support in order to make a decision on whether to run.

McCain announced April 7 that he'll seek to extend his nearly three-decade career in the Senate by running for a sixth term.

Ward is a two-term legislator and a physician.

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