A new GBA Strategies poll (8/30-9/7; 600 AZ likely general election voters; 500 AZ likely Republican primary voters) tested the Arizona electorate and found beleaguered Sen. Jeff Flake falling even further in a Republican Party preference sample. GBA is a Democratic pollster not known for testing GOP primary groups, so the sample selection process could come under some scrutiny. According to the results, former state Sen. Kelli Ward would top Sen. Flake by a gaudy 58-31% in a test Republican primary. His job approval within the Republican segment was a poor 34:58% positive to negative.
Interestingly, when Democrats and Independents are added to the respondent universe, Mr. Flake’s job approval score actually improves. Looking at the entire electorate, his rating is still upside down but improves to 38:50%. In a general election pairing with Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix), an unannounced Senate candidate, the Senator would trail 40-47%. At the crux of Sen. Flake’s problem within his own party is his national feud with President Trump, a verbal scuffle that doesn’t seem to resolve itself.
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