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    Poll: Kelli Ward Ties Sen. John McCain in Arizona



    by MICHELLE MOONS
    19 May 2016

    Five-term DC insider Sen. John McCain is in a dead heat with challenger Dr. Kelli Ward among GOP voters presented with a choice between the two, a poll released Tuesday reveals.

    McCain, the senator Hillary Clinton called her favorite Republican, is facing a mere 35 percent approval rating among GOP voters as he heads into the August 30 primary election, according to the new poll by Public Policy Polling. Three additional Republicans are running for McCain’s seat, but they poll at only 2-4 percent each. McCain is polling at 39 percent with these three and Ward in the race. Ward comes in at 26 percent, and 27 percent of those polled are undecided.

    The poll shows McCain holding stronger among moderates while Ward leads among very conservative voters. McCain and Ward are tied at 41-41 percent in a head-to-head matchup, even though Ward has only 41 percent name recognition.

    Head-to-head with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, high name recognition McCain leads Kirkpatrick only 42-36. Kirkpatrick’s name recognition was a mere 58 percent in the PPP poll. A matchup between Kirkpatrick and Ward, a former Arizona state senator, comes up 35-37.

    In response to the new poll, Ward told Breitbart News:

    After nearly four decades in DC, Republicans are used to Establishment John’s six year cycle of election year conservatism. In between, he doesn’t know which team he’s playing for half the time, and he surrenders on all the issues that matter most.

    My background as a mother, military wife, and family doctor and my record as an Arizona state senator are attracting strong and growing support because Arizona Republicans want a U.S. Senator who will fix the VA, stop illegal immigration, and finally secure our border. They want a conservative champion for AZ, not DC
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    Last August, Ward polled nine points ahead of McCain in a Gravis Marketing poll.

    That poll followed a PPP release last May showing McCain’s approval rating at 41 percent among Arizona Republicans. At the same time, only 36 percent of general Arizona voters approved of their own Sen. McCain. Only 37 percent expressed willingness to support McCain, while 51 percent said they wanted a more conservative choice as the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Arizona. In a hypothetical matchup between McCain and Ward, McCain beat Ward 44-31, compared to the 41-41 tie they are at in the most recent PPP poll.

    In January 2014, members of McCain’s own party in Arizona officially censured the sitting senator on the basis that he “amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats.” This entailed “such [things] as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment, and has continued to support liberal nominees.”

    Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump held a rally in Phoenix last year that had McCain condemning some Arizonans as “crazies.” McCain said that Trump’s rally was “very hurtful to me,” and elaborated by explaining, “because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”

    Trump won the Arizona presidential preference election by a wide margin with 47.1 percent of the vote.

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    John McCain Goes Negative as Dr. Kelli Ward Surges in AZ GOP Senate Primary



    by DUSTIN STOCKTON
    19 May 2016

    Arizona GOP Senator John McCain’s reelection campaign is lashing out with negative attacks against his Republican primary opponent, State Senator Dr. Kelli Ward, as new polling shows trouble for McCain’s attempt for a sixth Senate term.

    A new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows Dr. Ward and Senator McCain tied at 41 percent in a head-to-head matchup. The poll has even more bad news for McCain, showing the aging Senator with just a 35 percent approval among Republican primary voters.

    With such high negatives, it’s no surprise McCain’s campaign would shift from ignoring Ward to attacking her. Their goal, obviously, is to make Ward more unpopular than McCain and hope that the anti-McCain vote doesn’t coalesce behind the energetic State Senator with a proven conservative record in Arizona’s statehouse.

    A campaign mailer sent to Arizona primary voters from McCain’s campaign obtained by Breitbart News features a scary looking jihadist and attempts to insinuate that Dr. Ward is the candidate of choice for terrorists.

    McCain’s campaign is also receiving assistance from the increasingly marginalized #NeverTrump pity party. RedState attacked Ward for being insufficiently hostile to Donald Trump’s candidacy and the Washington Free Beacon tried to question her pro-life bonafides. The alliance with #NeverTrump could backfire on Senator McCain in a state where anti-establishment candidates Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz received nearly 75 percent of the vote in Arizona’s March 22nd presidential primary. Trump won the state with more than 47 percent of the vote.

    McCain is in a conundrum over Trump, because after Trump’s comments early in the primary season last year about his wartime record, it’s difficult for the 2008 GOP presidential nominee to back the 2016 presumptive nominee. Nonetheless, McCain has tepidly backed Trump now that he is the presumptive nominee. So while Ward can exploit McCain from the right on the matter, Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate in Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is hammering McCain from the left—running ads calling on him to renounce Trump.



    The McCain campaign is trying to keep the focus on their attacks on Ward. Another video that says it is paid for by “Friends of John McCain” attempts to portray Dr. Ward as a wild-eyed conspiracy theorist by branding her as “chemtrail Kelli”.



    After her State Senate office had received numerous questions about chemtrails, Dr. Ward facilitated a meeting between constituents concerned about chemtrails and experts who explained what was really going on — hardly a controversy.

    McCain can sling a lot of mud with the more than $10 million his campaign has raised so far, with more likely on the way given his deep connections to political insiders and GOP money men. Expect this race to get a lot rougher if Ward keeps rising in the polls.

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