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Report: Arizona listed as ‘toss-up’ state in gubernatorial race

PHOENIX — A new poll released Sunday showed the race to succeed Republican Jan Brewer is a dead heat. Rasmussen Reports which conducted a survey of 850 likely voters, has rated Arizona a toss-up state when it comes to the next governor.

The poll found Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred Duval would each get 40 percent of the vote. The survey’s margin of error is three percent. You can check out the wording of the poll here. While more voters are registered as Republicans than Democrats in Arizona, the number of people who identify as independent voters is larger than either party.

Both Ducey and Duval say jobs and education are priorities. Coming up with court-mandated cash for schools will be one of the first jobs for the next governor. During the recession, state lawmakers and Gov. Jan Brewer cut education funding and last year Arizona’s Supreme Court ruled they violated the will of voters by stopping annual inflation adjustments. Earlier this month, a Maricopa County judge ruled the state must boost K-12 funding by more than $1.5 billion over five years.

Arizona is one of nine toss-up states currently.