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McCain defeats primary challengers

 In this Monday, May 30, 2016, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, looks on during a Phoenix Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. A challenge to longtime U.S. Sen. McCain leads the lists of contests drawing attention in Tuesday's Arizona primary election.

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In this Monday, May 30, 2016, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, looks on during a Phoenix Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix. A challenge to longtime U.S. Sen. McCain leads the lists of contests drawing attention in Tuesday's Arizona primary election.

U.S. Sen. John McCain has beaten back a primary challenge from a Republican tea party activist to win the right to seek a sixth term in November.

The 80-year-old who was his party's 2008 presidential nominee easily defeated former state Sen. Kelli Ward and two other Republicans on the ballot.

However, the victory doesn't clear the way to a smooth re-election for McCain. He faces a tough Democratic challenge in November's general election from U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. She advanced Tuesday after facing only a write-in opponent in the primary.