A gun-rights group trying to unseat U.S. Sen. John McCain in next week’s Republican primary says it supports his GOP challenger.

Dr. Kelli Ward is challenging McCain in the August 30 primary, hoping to defeat the longtime senator.

Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America, which has  endorsed Ward, says Ward and McCain are in a “dead heat” after a third GOP candidate dropped out earlier this month.

Echoing that suggestion, a Breitbart story cites a May poll showing Ward tied with McCain in a two-person race.

“So we know that this is going to be very close,” he tells OneNewsNow. “We’re very optimistic about this race.”

Ward was leading McCain 45-36 in a Gravis poll conducted in recent weeks, though a CNN/ORC poll shows much different numbers. It shows McCain leading Ward 55-29 just days before voters got to the polls.

McCain is infamous among tea party Republicans in Arizona for purging the Arizona Republican Party after GOP leaders censured him in 2014, especially for working with Democrats on an amnesty plan for illegal immigrants.

McCain loyalists sought out the dissenters and used super PAC money to defeat them, Politico reported at the time.

Ward knocked McCain for his age, too, calling him “weak” and “old.” He turns 80 years old Monday.

The Breitbart story states Ward has been endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly, Ron Paul, U.S. Rep. Jim Brindenstine, and Laura Ingraham, among others.

Pratt says GOA desperately want to retire McCain, who is rated “D-Minus” by the gun-rights group.

Ward has been an “absolute champion” for Second Amendment issues in the Arizona Senate, says Pratt.

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Copyright OneNewsNow.com. Reprinted with permission.

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