The infighting among members of the Arizona Republican Party boiled over on Saturday during a contentious meeting.
"Kelli Ward, the fractious leader of the Arizona Republican Party, narrowly beat back significant competition on Saturday to win another two-year term as the organization's chairwoman despite the endorsement of former President Donald Trump," the Arizona Republic reported Saturday. "The closely watched result offers an early, state-level indication that Trump retains sway over the activist base of the GOP, though it is more tenuous. The election also suggests the longstanding divisions in the state party in the Trump era have not abated."
"The party members later passed three resolutions censuring high-profile Republicans: Gov. Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain. It was another sign of the party's move to the right," the newspaper noted.
McCain, for her part, shrugged off the vote.
"It is a high honor to be included in a group of Arizonans who have served our state and our nation so well...and who, like my late husband John, have been censured by the AZGOP. I'll wear this as a badge of honor," McCain posted to Twitter.
It is a high honor to be included in a group of Arizonans who have served our state and our nation so well...and wh… https://t.co/U1TSSrEDSJ— Cindy McCain (@Cindy McCain)1611455872.0