In an earlier post, I speculated a coalescing of candidates around certain slates – The McCain Slate vs. The Hayworth Slate.
Today, CQ Politics announced that CD-8’s Jonathan Paton is backing Senator John McCain in his re-election bid. This comes on the heels of Jim Waring’s support for John McCain as both Jesse Kelly and Sam Crump have endorsed JD Hayworth. In the 6th Congressional District, Jeff Flake is a strong McCain supporter while his primary challenger, Jeff Smith is expected to announce his endorsement of JD Hayworth.
Here’s a quote from today’s CQ Politics:
Former state Sen. Jonathan Paton (R), a candidate in Arizona’s 8th district race, was also among those endorsing McCain Thursday. He faces a contested primary with three other GOP opponents for the right to take on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).