Democrats Likely to Gain Seat in Senate; Arizona Voters Prefer Democrat Kyrsten Sinema over GOP Candidates

Kyrsten Sinema

Registered voters in Arizona prefer Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema over Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate.

On Tuesday, the latest NBC News-Marist poll in Arizona showed that Sinema has double-digit leads against her three Republican contenders.

Sinema is ahead by 10% against Dr. Kelli Ward, a former member of the Arizona State Senate. Forty-eight percent (48%) of registered voters support Sinema while 38% prefer Ward.

The survey also showed that Sinema has 11% lead over Rep. Martha McSally. Forty-nine percent (49%) of regstered voters favor the Democrat compared to 38% for the Republican.

The Democrat has a wider lead of 25% against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of registered voter said they will vote for Sinema while 32% for Arpaio.

Currently, Sinema represents the ninth district of Arizona in the Congress, Her district include Tempe and pother part of Maricopa County. She is the Democratic frontrunner. She is competing against fellow Democrat Deedra Abboud, an attorney and community in the primary.

The candidates are seeking to replace retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate. Arizona will hold its primary on August 28.

Democrats will likely pick-up a Senate seat

The NBC News-Marist poll also showed that 21% of Republican registered voters in Arizona are still undecided.

Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, commented, “In a GOP state that President Trump carried by not quite four points, the Democrats are positioned to pick up a Senate seat in their efforts to gain the majority of the upper chamber. Clearly, the Republicans will need to unify after their heated primary to close the gap.”

Additionally, Miringoff noted, “This primary contest is wide open. More than one-in-five potential GOP voters are undecided, and the total proportion of persuadable voters in this contest reaches 41 percent when those who might change their mind about their current choice are included.”

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