Politics

Poll: McCain has solid lead over Hayworth for Arizona Senate seat

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Sen. John McCain bests his conservative opponent, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, 52 percent to 37 percent in a poll released Friday.

The poll, commissioned by the liberal DailyKos Web site, of the Arizona Senate race analyzes the results, saying, “Despite the conventional wisdom that McCain could be vulnerable to an intra-party challenge, we find that McCain has a fairly solid level of favorability among Republicans.”

DailyKos pointed out that Hayworth still remains unknown to about a quarter of the electorate. A Hayworth spokesman did not return a request for comment on the poll.

McCain spokesman Brain Rogers, in an e-mail to reporters, noted: “The poll further notes that Hayworth is a ‘liability’ for Republicans and could hand the seat to the Democrats because he has a net negative favorability rating (34-42 fav/unfav) among all Arizona voters.”

The liberal site put it this way: “The bottom line? The Democrats become competitive, if Hayworth somehow manages to score a victory in the GOP primary.”

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