Speculation is rampant in Arizona in response to Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R) retirement announcement. Despite no new individual yet announcing their candidacy, the local Data Orbital polling firm went into the field to test various potential participants.
According to the survey (10/26-28; 500 AZ likely GOP primary voters), six potential GOP contenders were tested, including former state Sen. Kelli Ward who has been running against Sen. Flake since the 2016 election ended. Ms. Ward leads the pack of prospective candidates, which is not particularly surprising since she has been actively campaigning for months. The fact that she only tallies 26%, however, after opening up large leads on Flake has to be a bit disappointing for the former state legislator and US Senate candidate. Close behind at 19% is Rep. Martha McSally (R-Tucson). Next, former US Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Mesa) posts 10% with Rep. David Schweikert (R-Fountain Hills/Scottsdale), former Rep. John Shadegg (R-Scottsdale), and University of Arizona Regent Jay Heiler recording 6, 4, and 1%, respectively.
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