The Arizona Republican primary to challenge Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., is shaping up to be a close one between a pair of America First candidates surging in two polls released Monday.
Blake Masters has grabbed the lead in the Saving Arizona PAC poll, according to the Washington Examiner, while businessman Jim Lamon has doubled his support in the McLaughlin & Associates poll, pulling into a virtual tie for the lead.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who has been an object of former President Donald Trump’s post-2020 election ire, remains in the mix, but his support has tapered off of late.
The Saving Arizona PAC poll results gave Masters a slight edge in the tight three-way race at the top with the margin of error (3.46 percentage points):
- Lamon: 14%.
- Brnovich: 14%.
- Mick McGuire: 5%.
- Justin Olson: 1%.
”The race to take on Mark Kelly remains close,” Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio of the polling firm Fabrizio Lee wrote in an exclusive memo to the Examiner. ”The Masters message of fighting for American workers and securing our border is clearly resonating with the Republican primary voters of Arizona.”
The Arizona primary is Aug. 2, and a majority of likely GOP primary voters remain undecided in the race (52%), according to the Examiner. The filing deadline is April 4.
Trump has not endorsed a candidate in the primary race, so Masters and Lamon are jockeying for positioning. The poll found Lamon has a 2-point edge in campaign ad recognition as 49% of likely GOP primary voters had seen his campaign ads, compared with 47% for Masters.
The Saving Arizona PAC is largely funded by Trump-backing billionaire Peter Thiel, with whom Masters had worked as a venture capitalist.
The Saving Arizona PAC poll was conducted March 13-14 by Fabrizio Lee among 800 likely GOP primary voters.
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