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

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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