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John McCain To Skip GOP Convention

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The 2008 Republican presidential nominee told The Hill that he won't be in attendance at the July GOP convention, saying he will focus on his re-election bid against Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) instead.

“I have to campaign for reelection, and I have always done that when I’m up,” he told The Hill. “We have a late primary in Arizona.”

McCain is facing a tough race, with a recent poll showing Kirkpatrick pulling even with him.

McCain is the second GOP senator to definitively say that he won't attend the convention, after Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), who faces his own difficult re-election contest.