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Poll: McSally Leads Arizona Field in 2018 GOP Primary

The Arizona representative leads convicted former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and State Senator Kelli Ward.

By NTK Staff | 01.10.2018 @12:27pm
Poll: McSally Leads Arizona Field in 2018 GOP Primary

After Sheriff Joe Arpaio jumped into the Arizona senate race on Tuesday, a poll of Arizona GOP voters showed a thin margin from the top of the race to the bottom, with Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) leading former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and State Senator Kelli Ward.

A local ABC affiliate conducted the poll, which indicates Arizonans can expect a close race through the August primary:

The poll, conducted the same day Arpaio announced his Senate run, shows the former sheriff with 29% of the vote, a statistical tie with first place candidate Martha McSally at 31%.

Former state senator Kelli Ward, who has been the front runner in recent polls, drops to 25% in this latest survey.

The poll mirrors initial speculation that Arpaio could edge out Ward and create an opening for McSally, who colleagues have said is planning a Senate run but has not yet made an announcement.

The poll also asked voters how endorsements would factor into their decisions. A Trump endorsement bumped Arpaio up to 35 percent, and an endorsement from Steve Bannon dropped Ward down to 13 percent. Backing from McConnell kept McSally at 31 percent.

Arpaio and Ward are controversial candidates, with Arpaio requiring a presidential pardon after a federal conviction for contempt of court and Ward coming under fire for her extreme views.

McSally has not yet announced, but she is expected to jump in the race this Friday.

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