Charlie Cook, the respected political analyst and author of the column "Off To The Races" in Congress Daily, reports today that the race between Sen. John McCain and U.S. Republican candidate J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) is a "50-50 proposition."
He writes: "Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, is fighting for his political life, facing an aggressive challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth."
Hayworth Campaign Manager David Payne said, "Cook's analysis tracks with polls showing the race within the margin of error."
"J.D. Hayworth has taken his consistent conservative message to the people while John McCain is trying to remake himself into a conservative in the final months of this campaign," Payne continues. "Voters like what they see in Hayworth and believe that McCain has turned into just another politician willing to say what he needs to say in an effort to save his political life."
Cook wrote that well-known and well-defined incumbents, along with John McCain, have been in office for years - generally lose the lion's share of undecided voters "which means that this race is really close to a 50-50 proposition."