PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain’s bid for reelection is off to a really, really good start, according to one early poll.
When participants were asked “If the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate were being held today, which of the following candidates would you vote for,” the Behavior Research Center poll — released Friday — showed McCain boasts a nearly four-to-one lead over his nearest competitor, state Sen. Kelli Ward.
McCain received 41 percent support, compared to Ward’s 11.
However, it’s far too early to call the race in McCain’s favor. Not only is it November 2015, but 47 percent of Republican voters have yet to pick a candidate.
Should McCain win the primary, he will likely face Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in the general election. The poll showed that just 6 percentage points separate the two, with McCain enjoying a 37 to 31 advantage.
McCain will look to win his sixth Senate term since 1987 when voters hit the polls next year.
The results were obtained from a random sample of 700 adults, including 577 registered voters — 226 of which were Republican — between Oct. 24 and Nov. 5.