ARIZONA NEWS

Sen. Jeff Flake not sweating early polls in re-election bid

Aug 28, 2017, 10:33 AM | Updated: 12:08 pm
FILE- In this April 13, 2017, file photo, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake takes a question from ...

FILE- In this April 13, 2017, file photo, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake takes a question from the audience during a town hall in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
LISTEN: Jeff Flake, Arizona Senator

PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Monday he was not concerned about two recent polls that indicated his upcoming re-election race could end in defeat.

“Everybody takes stock in polls at some point, but at this stage of a re-election, then there are limits, obviously,” he told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News.

A poll from HighGround showed Flake was trailing his primary challenger, former State Sen. Dr. Kelli Ward, by 14 points in next year’s primary, while a Public Policy Polling survey showed 62 percent of Arizonans said they disapprove of the work Flake has done.

The senator said he was not shocked to see the results.

“My poll numbers, according to every poll out there, and every incumbent, frankly, are down pretty much,” he said.

Flake said he was not the first Arizona senator to face a perceived uphill battle before a potentially heated re-election battle.

“Two years ago, John McCain had very similar poll numbers against a Democrat and a Republican and he ended up doing fine,” he said. “You run campaigns for a reason.”

Flake’s fight could be a little tougher than McCain’s. President Donald Trump has said he would invest $10 million of his own money to unseat the senator and met with possible challengers to last week prior to his rally in downtown Phoenix.

Ward was not part of the meeting, but Trump came close to endorsing her on Twitter.

Ward attended the rally.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook photo/Fry's Food Stores)...
KTAR.com

Fry’s Food Stores to open new Queen Creek location next month

Fry’s Food Stores is opening its new Queen Creek location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.
9 hours ago
(AP Photo/Dar Yasin)...
Associated Press

Navajo Nation increases ability to do COVID testing, vaccinations

Health facilities on the Navajo Nation are increasing the ability to test for COVID-19 and vaccinate people as the omicron variant spreads, tribal leaders said.
9 hours ago
Georgia Lord (Facebook File Photo/City of Goodyear, AZ - USA)...
KTAR.com

Memorial service for former Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord to be held on Friday

A celebration of life will be held Friday for former Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord, who died last month at the age of 83, the city announced.
9 hours ago
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)...
KTAR.com

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, agriculture chief to speak on wildfire mitigation plan

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are set to make an announcement Tuesday about the Western Wildfire Mitigation Strategy.
9 hours ago
(AP File Photo/Elaine Thompson)...
KTAR.com

Arizona health department: ERs are for medical emergencies, not COVID-19 testing

The Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday that because emergency rooms are at the front line of the COVID-19 response, the community should remember the rooms are reserved for medical emergencies only and not for COVID-19 testing.
9 hours ago
(AP File Photo/Martin Meissner)...
Associated Press

Yuma hospital receives aid from Air Force team to care for COVID patients

A 15-member Air Force medical augmentation team is helping with staff shortages amid increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Canvas Annuity

Annuity basics: how to retire with a guaranteed paycheck for life

Does the thought of retirement fill you with stress or with happiness? Everyone wants to spend their retirement in a way that brings them the most joy, whether that’s traveling the world or spending extra time at home with grandkids.
...
Arizona State University

Gain insights on next year’s trends at 58th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon

Employment is recovering from the severe contraction induced by the pandemic, but it is still way below levels at the start of 2020. Can it fully recover in the coming year?
...
Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford offers cars and deals for all this holiday season

Sanderson Ford’s No! Vember Black Friday sale is giving an opportunity to purchase a new 2021 vehicle just in time for the holiday season.
Sen. Jeff Flake not sweating early polls in re-election bid