McCain faces choice after victory

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Now that Sen. John McCain has won Arizona’s Republican primary, the question is whether the senator will move back toward the political center.

McCain shifted positions on a range of issues, including campaign finance reform and immigration, in taking on former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) in a Senate primary. The strategy worked, as McCain on Tuesday won a resounding victory.

The senator, who is expected to easily win a fifth term in November, no longer needs to appeal to conservative primary voters.

Given the political environment, few believe McCain will revert immediately back to the political center.

“Not for now,” said Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University.

But many political observers think the man once known as the “maverick” for his habit of taking on his own party will eventually move toward the middle.

Full Story: McCain faces choice after victory – TheHill.com