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AZ-Sen: Poll shows Democrat Sinema leading all three GOP contenders, McSally leading GOP primary

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Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, speaking at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in Los Angeles, is leading all three of her Republican rivals in the Arizona U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

A new poll shows Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema leading all three of her Republican rivals in the Arizona U.S. Senate race.

According to the NBC News/Marist poll, registered voters favor Sinema over Republicans Joe Arpaio, Rep. Martha McSally and Kelli Ward, KVOA-TV reported. The poll also showed voters slightly prefer Rep. Martha McSally over Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio in the GOP primary.

The candidates are competing for a seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring. The primary election is Aug. 28.

What are the numbers?

Here are the reported results, as listed on KVOA’s website:

Sinema vs. Arpaio

Kyrsten Sinema — 57%

Joe Arpaio — 32%

Other — 2%

Undecided — 9%

Sinema vs. McSally

Krysten Sinema — 49%

Martha McSally — 38%

Other — 2%

Undecided — 11%

Sinema vs. Ward

Krysten Sinema — 48%

Kelli Ward— 38%

Other — 2%

Undecided — 12%

The NBC News/Marist poll, taken June 17-21, reflects a survey of 839 registered Arizona voters, according to the report. The poll has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

Sinema represents Arizona’s ninth district in Congress, which includes Tempe and other areas of Maricopa County. Sinema is running against Deedra Abboud, a community activist and attorney, in the Democratic primary.

Abboud was in the news last year after she received hateful comments on her Facebook page because she’s a Muslim, the report states. Abboud is believed to be the first Muslim candidate in Arizona's history.

What did the poll say about the Republican primary?

McSally has a slight edge over Ward, at 30 percent to 28 percent, respectively. Twenty-one percent of those surveyed indicated they support Arpaio.

Anything else?

Arizona voters were also asked in the poll if Gov. Doug Ducey should be re-elected. Fifty-nine percent said they want someone new to lead the state, according to the report. Twenty-six percent of those surveyed supported Ducey for another term. Fifteen percent were undecided.

The Arizona race is considered a must-win in the Democrats' bid to take over the Senate in 2018 midterms.

The general election takes place on Nov. 6.

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