Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain declares victory in Senate bid

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight years after losing his bid for president, five-term GOP Sen. John McCain turned away a determined challenge from Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.

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McCain publicly struggled with whether to support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who called McCain a loser and criticized him for being captured during the Vietnam War.

The 80-year-old McCain reluctantly stood by Trump for months despite the personal insults, but ended his tepid support last month after the release of a 2005 recording in which Trump used crude, predatory language to boast about groping women.

McCain said Trump's behavior and "demeaning comments about women" made it impossible to support him.

The decision angered some Republicans, who routinely boo when Trump mentions McCain's name.