The Tea Party movement in Arizona may not have endorsed incumbent John McCain (R-Ariz.) in Tuesday’s primary elections but this did not prevent some conservatives from hailing his victory as a triumph of the grassroots movement.
For example, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, Richard Viguerie, commented on the Arizona primary outcome by saying that McCain prevailed precisely because of the pressure put on him by the Tea Party and other fiscal conservatives. In Viguerie’s view, this allowed the Senator to rediscover his conservative identity.
"To receive that support, he had to give up his maverick positions that have sometimes given aid and comfort to the liberals," he said, adding that he is "sure Senator McCain knows very well that he would not have won if he had continued his reputation as the Democrats’ favorite Republican."
ConservativeHQ.com has also expressed the view that if McCain had run a similarly aggressive and non-compromising campaign in the 2008 elections, he would have defeated Barack Obama for the presidency.
The incumbent’s opponent in Tuesday’s race, J.D. Hayworth, won only 32 percent of the vote against McCain’s 56 percent.