Phoenix (CNN) – So much for Republican unity.
A day after Senator John McCain walked to victory in Arizona's Republican Senate primary, his opponent J.D. Hayworth hasn't called to concede nor does he plan to. "J.D. has moved on," says Mark Sanders spokesman for the J.D. Hayworth campaign.
While it's not required, the primary season ritual has the loser call the winner to privately concede and pledge to support the ticket before making a public statement.
Apparently in this case, the candidate didn't see a point. "Once McCain went downstairs and accepted, there wasn't a need to have a conversation," Hayworth's spokesman Sanders tells CNN. He points out Hayworth did concede in public remarks he delivered after McCain's victory speech. Sanders adds, "It wasn't cantankerous."
Don't tell that to the McCain camp. A McCain aide who asked not to be named said of the snub, "Not surprised. J.D. is classless to the end."
The campaign for Arizona's Republican Senate primary was marked by sharp attacks on both sides. McCain spent more than $20 million to fend off Hayworth, who months ago seemed to present the long-term senator with a serious challenge. McCain labeled Hayworth a "huckster" and, in an interview with CNN, Hayworth called on McCain to apologize "to the people of Arizona" for what he termed "a fundamentally dishonest campaign."
Hayworth ended up losing to McCain by about 30 points.