Rep. Martha McSally just pulled ahead in the GOP race for US Senate in a poll of Arizona Republican voters. In a big shift since April, McSally now leads with 39.5 percent of the GOP vote, according to Phoenix-based OH Predictive Insights.
Splitting the right-wing vote are former state Sen. Kelli Ward with 24.5 percent of GOP voters and disgraced, convicted Joe Arpaio scraping the bottom at nearly 14 percent. Combined they have less support that McSally.
Evil Joe Arpaio has become an embarrassment to Republican voters. Arpaio got a question during a GOP candidate forum in Green Valley on June 7, where an audience member asked him to drop out of the race — but Arpaio refused.
About 22 percent of GOP voters have thrown up their hands and are undecided. Early voting is 40 days away for the August 28 primary vote.
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The poll attributes McSally’s new lead to her flip-flops to the right, her cuddling up with Trump and her support for a stupid border wall. For example, McSally sponsored a bill in Congress to create a path to citizenship for DACA Dreamers, but in May she pulled her name from the bill. She reversed her earlier position and co-sponsored an anti-immigrant bill led by arch-conservative US Sen. Bob Goodlatte, which went down in flames last week in Congress.
During the 2016 election, McSally refused to endorse Trump claiming weakly that “as a veteran” she couldn’t endorse anyone. That was then. Now she is wrapping herself around Trump and brags, “I’m invited to the White House all the time. I have a great relationship with the President.”
Hence she is known as Martha McShifty. In a TV interview , she ducks questions by changing the subject, talks so fast that a person can barely understand her, and jabbers at the interviewer as if he were a tree stump.
Sponsoring hate against immigrants will likely doom McSally’s run in the general election. Two new polls show that Trump’s fixation on building the wall and reducing the number of immigrants are making those ideas less popular.
- A Gallup poll published last week shows that a record-high 75 percent of Americans think immigration is a good thing for the US. Furthermore, Gallup found a record-low number of Americans — only 29 percent — think immigration into the US should be decreased.
- A Pew Research Center poll published last week found that Democrats have opened a 14-point advantage over Republicans when registered voters are asked which party would better handle immigration. This is the largest Democratic advantage on immigration in Pew’s polling since 2006.
The nation was horrified at Trump’s policy of taking children away from parents trying to cross at the Mexican border. Facing worldwide outrage, he backed down on June 20, signing an executive order requiring immigrant families be detained together.
Sinema running on mainstream issues
While Republicans see who can out-hate the other on issues like fear of immigrants, the Second Amendment and repealing Obamacare, Democrats like Rep. Krysten Sinema are running on issues voters say are important:
- Access to affordable healthcare
- Supporting public education.
- Creating jobs that pay well.
Sinema is a US Congress member from Arizona’s 9th district in Phoenix and is the leading Democratic contender for the US Senate seat. In her commercials, she is already running for the general election.
Sinema is popular as a Congress member and has easily won her elections. Where McSally has raised $3.3 million in donations, Sinema has raised $6.37 million.
The Bernie Sanders fringe of the Democratic party may say she is not progressive enough, but that’s because she’s running in purple Arizona and not deep-blue California. Arizona active registered voters are 34.6 percent Republican, 34 percent independents, and 30 percent Democratic. Accordingly, Sinema’s campaign has emphasized middle-of-the-road issues like affordable access to health care. Voters cite health care as a top issue heading into the midterm elections.
Sinema grew up homeless and had no health insurance. “No child should go without a doctor, and no family should be bankrupted by medical bills,” she says in a recent commercial. “We need to make healthcare more affordable with access to the lowest-cost prescriptions and fix what’s broken in the system, and not go back to when Arizonans had no say in their health coverage.”