McCain expected to endorse Quayle in GOP primary

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Arizona Sen. John McCain is expected to endorse freshman Congressman Ben Quayle at a press conference Wednesday in a move that could shake up the close primary fight in the final weeks of the race.

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee is scheduled appear at the press conference Wednesday afternoon along with Sen. Jon Kyl, who endorsed Quayle a few weeks ago.

Quayle is running against Congressman David Schweikert in what has been a tough Republican primary featuring hard-hitting campaign attack ads and a lot of money. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Quayle had raised about $1.8 million while Schweikert raised about $1.5 million.

Last week, Schweikert mailed a political pamphlet to voters claiming Quayle "goes both ways." Schweikert's campaign claimed they were talking about Quayle's record on conservative issues.

But Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, claimed the mailer was making a sexual reference. Kyl later said that had had no place in politics and demanded an apology from Schweikert.

A poll released late last month showed Schweikert running with a lead, but the endorsements of both Kyl and now McCain could help Quayle close the gap before the Aug. 28 primary.

Early balloting has already started with about one-third of them being returned in Maricopa County. That means there are still a lot of voters who are still undecided about who they're casting their ballots