As predicted, things have already begun to turn against former state Sen. Kelli Ward (R) now that Sen. Jeff Flake (R) won’t seek re-election. The HighGround Public Affairs Consultants tested the Arizona general election field (10/23-26; 500 AZ likely general election voters) and paired Ms. Ward with Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix), the leading Democratic candidate. According to the HighGround results, the Congresswoman posted a 34-27% lead over Ward, gaining from the 32-31% slight edge that she held in the group’s August poll. The latter survey was conducted before Sen. Flake made his political intentions clear. We can soon expect other, and likely stronger, Republicans to join this new open seat campaign.
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