Tea Party Insurgent Kelli Ward Leads John McCain In Arizona GOP Senate Race Poll

A Gravis Marketing poll conducted on August 15th and released August 21st, found Senator John McCain trailing his Republican tea party challenger Kelli Ward by a 45 to 36 percent margin. Ward, who represents Arizona state senate district 5 in the Northwest part of the state, is a far right politician.

Ward has drawn media attention in the past for convening a public hearing on “chemtrails” and for taking extreme positions on gun rights, immigration, and opposition to government involvement in health care. She is also the lone Arizona Senator to have voted against adequately funding the Department of Child Safety in 2014.

Ward’s extreme positions have not disqualified her in the eyes of Republican voters, however. For the tea party faithful, Ward’s amplified anti-federal government rhetoric and her willingness to entertain conspiracy theories, is a welcome contrast to McCain’s center right policies. Many Arizona Republicans despise Senator McCain as a RINO (Republican In Name Only).

The McCain campaign dismissed the poll citing Gravis’ track record of overestimating support for insurgent tea party candidates. While it is not unusual for campaign’s to try to spin away bad poll numbers, team McCain may have a valid criticism.

Gravis Marketing did miss pretty badly on the Texas and Kentucky GOP Senate primaries in 2014. In both cases, Gravis found incumbents (John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell) with significantly smaller leads than their eventual margins of victory. Unlike the Arizona poll however, neither the Texas nor Kentucky poll had the challenger actually leading an incumbent senator.

Democrats will be watching the Arizona Republican Senate primary with interest, because while Ward may be more popular than John McCain with right-wing voters, she is almost certainly more likely to lose to a Democrat in a general election.

The Gravis Marketing poll bears out the disparity in strength between the two candidates. The poll showed that while McCain held a 13-point lead over Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, Ward’s lead was just 5 percentage points. A Ward primary victory would immediately turn the Arizona Senate race from a lean Republican race to a toss up, increasing the likelihood that the Democrats retake control of the U.S. Senate.

20 Replies to “Tea Party Insurgent Kelli Ward Leads John McCain In Arizona GOP Senate Race Poll”

  1. Don’t be so sure of a Democratic win against a moronic Teabagger! The Crazy in Arizona is not only solar powered but thermally driven as well.

  2. I’ve always dreamed of Arizona turning blue. I want the whole southwest to become democratic. Donald Trump is the new Pete Wilson. As California goes, so does the nation.

  3. Republican nonsense. McCain will be in the senate until he dies or retires.

    Arizona is a bright red republican state and it will stay that way on Nov 2016.

  4. Yep, we definitely aren’t sure of a Democratic victory. Just that odds are better against Ward…

    “A Ward primary victory would immediately turn the Arizona Senate race from a lean Republican race to a toss up, increasing the likelihood that the Democrats retake control of the U.S. Senate.”

  5. I would certainly love to have a Dem beat McCain. Would I want a very radical Teapartier to beat him? No. We have enough disappointments with him – to completely go off the edge would be even worse.
    And – NO – I will never forgive him for foisting Palin on us. She is like an everlasting case of athletes foot.

  6. Gawd, she looks like that creepy Catherine Harris, the Florida Secretary of State, who conspired with Jeb Bush to make sure Florida went his brother in 2000.

  7. It would be nice if the same thing that happened to Lugar in Indiana happened to McCain in Arizona. The GOTea thought Murdoch was the better alternative, and they got Donnelly for a senator instead. Indiana is still realing over that loss. Murdoch dirtied up Lugar a little by outing him over his residency issues, maybe Ward can find a little dirt on McCain.

  8. Is it just me or does this loon bear an uncanny resemblance to M Bachman? Could it be their cloning these nuts now, or is the face of evil the same everywhere?

  9. The most important questions are who owns and controls the polling company and who paid for the poll? Polls are about as honest as Fox “news”.

  10. Surprise, surprise. Gravis Marketing is owned by Doug Kaplan. Or should I say the notorious Doug Kaplan? Wonder how much he was paid to whip this poll up?

  11. I’m convinced that Dr. Mengele or some of his proteges have been incubating them in an undisclosed location in Utah or Wyoming.

    We have a couple of these nutburgers as county supervisors where I am ( Both women ) that think all regulations are evil. Total teatards with their three-hours a day hairstyles and other plastic wrappings.

  12. I find it extremely difficult to trust the validity of anyone named Kelly, Kelli or however it is spelled.

    As for this idiette’s chemtrails, this is how she and others like her sends them out~~

  13. Much like the New Hampshire poll, conducted by Republican Andrew Card and Merlin Fitzwater, don’t believe this poll by a notoriously unethical Doug Kaplan.

    This poll is simply a red-meat tool to get the Tea Partiers frothing at the mouth.

    McCain will undoubtedly stay in his seat until he keels over.

  14. Yeah, the GOP happily bend, even break, rules and laws for their own, and for the advancement of their ilk.

    They, of course, believe themselves to be “the master race”, just like National Socialist German Workers’ Party that reigned from 1920 through 1945. Much like those party members, they believe they are above reproach and above the laws.

    The question I would like the GOP in Kentucky to answer is, would they have allowed this same deference were Rand Paul a Democrat?

  15. AZ is ripe for a Democratic overthrow and if Ward can beat McCain in a Republican primary, good deal for Democrats. Democrats can beat Ward in the senate election. There are a lot of minority and immigrant votes in AZ. Let’s see it happen! Go, Ward! Beat McCain!

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