Roberts: Poll shows Kelli Ward losing ground to Kyrsten Sinema

Friday, 10 November 2017, 02:27:12 AM. A new poll shows Kelli Ward could be that rare Republican candidate -- the one who could turn a reliable GOP Senate seat over to the Democrats.
Laurie Roberts: A new poll shows Kelli Ward could be that rare Republican candidate -- the one who could turn a reliable GOP Senate seat over to the Democrats. It may be getting time for Republicans to push the panic button. Either that or put up a credible candidate to run for Arizona’s suddenly open Senate seat. A new statewide poll shows Republican Kelli Ward trailing Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema by seven points, 34-27. In August, a hypothetical match-up showed the two in a statistical dead heat, with 31.8 percent of likely voters supporting  Sinema and 30.5 percent for Ward. Then Steve Bannon happened – specifically, his endorsement of Ward. Then Sen. Jeff Flake happened – specifically his surprise decision not to run for re-election, leaving Ward as the only Republican in the race.   As much as Ward is now painting herself as heir apparent – going so far as to release a laughable internal poll and to refer to other Republicans now considering the race as “vultures” – she’s more like the party’s nightmare candidate. The one who could flip a reliably Republican seat into Democrats’ waiting hands. “Even with Sen. Flake announcing his retirement and the whirlwind of media attention around Steve Bannon’s endorsement and visit, Kelli Ward has not seen any improvement in her support,” said Chuck Coughlin, a longtime Republican strategist whose HighGround Public Affairs conducted the independent poll released Tuesday. “The numbers continue to show that Ward is a flawed General...Read more
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