McCain Won’t Campaign Against Colorado’s Mark Udall This Year

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who has a robust stumping schedule for Republican Senate candidates through the November midterms, told the Arizona Republic over the weekend that one incumbent Democratic senator he won’t be campaigning against is Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO).

“Between now and the election, I’ve hardly got a day off,” McCain told the newspaper. “I’ll be campaigning all over Arizona and then all over the country as well. … I’m not going to go to Colorado.”

McCain has a longstanding friendship with Udall, the result particularly of his relationship with Udall’s father Mo, who was a congressman from Arizona. One of the chapters of McCain’s memoir was titled “Mo” and described how the elder Udall helped him navigate Washington, D.C.

He is slated to make appearances in Kansas, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Oregon over the next month and a half. But not Colorado.

The Republic asked McCain if his abstention was a favor to Udall. “And his father, yes,” McCain said.

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