Far-Right Challenger a Threat to McCain

Talk show host JD Hayworth gets close in new poll
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2009 10:09 AM CST
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., pauses in the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Everyone’s favorite maverick could be unseated in 2010 by a hard-line conservative talk show host who's mulling a bid, a new Rasmussen poll suggests. John McCain leads potential primary opponent JD Hayworth, a local radio host and former House member, by a razor-thin 2%, which is within the poll’s 4% margin of error. Whoever emerged from that battle would almost certainly sail through the general election, Talking Points Memo reports, because Democrats still don’t have a strong candidate.