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POLL: McSally Leads GOP Field in AZSEN Race

The retired Air Force colonel leads fringe candidate Kelli Ward, but the margin is narrow.

By NTK Staff | 11.27.2017 @11:00am
POLL: McSally Leads GOP Field in AZSEN Race

A new poll conducted by Rep. Martha McSally’s (R-AZ) campaign showed the two-term congresswoman leading the Republican primary field for the Arizona Senate race.

McSally has not officially announced her intention to run for the seat that will be vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), but she is widely expected to do so imminently.

McSally, a retired Air Force colonel, led perennial candidate Kelli Ward, 38-36, in the poll. Another 26 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

“Contrary to what some public polls suggest, Kelli Ward does not hold a strong position in the Primary race for United States Senate in Arizona. The limitations of these poorly-conducted surveys have created a misleading dialogue about the state of the nomination contest,” pollsters Chris Wilson and Alex Muir write.

“In fact, before any campaign efforts, Representative McSally starts off with a two-point lead on the ballot in a head-to-head race with Ward with one-in-four Republican primary voters are undecided. This is a remarkable starting place for a campaign against Ward, who has been running for statewide office for two years now. The McSally campaign is in an excellent position to build a winning Primary coalition simply by increasing her statewide name recognition, and thus building on the existing ballot advantage.”

Ward has been eager to portray herself as the front-runner in the Arizona Senate GOP primary, but many have questioned the validity of the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) polls, also known as robo polls, she has used.

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