AZ Senate: Flake leads Carmona headed down the final stretch
While the United States Senate race in Arizona would looking like it could be a disaster for Republicans, a new poll from Rasmussen shows Rep. Jeff Flake leading Richard Carmona by 6 points as the campaigns head down the final stretch:
Republican Congressman Jeff Flake has hit the 50% mark for the first time in the U.S. Senate race in Arizona.
A new Rasmussen Reports/CBS 5 survey finds Flake with 50% of the vote to Democrat Richard Carmona’s 44%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and another three percent (3%) are undecided. This survey was taken following the candidates’ recent debate.
Eighty-two percent (82%) of Arizona Republicans back Flake, while Carmona draws support from 76% of the state’s Democrats. Carmona leads 56% to 33% among voters not affiliated with either of the major political parties.
Early voting has begun in Arizona, and among those who have already voted, Carmona leads 48% to 46%. Among those who say they are certain to vote in this election, Flake leads 50% to 45%.
This race should have never been this close. Flake has been as consistant as they come in Congress from a fiscal perspective, at one time leading a fight against earmarks and wasteful spending when it was unpopular to do so. Unfortunately, Flake’s primary opponent spent $8.5 million of his own money trying to tear him down. This put Flake in a tough position, forcing him to spend money in a primary battle that should have been saved for the general election race against Carmona.
Both campaigns are making their final pitches to try to earn those last voters. Carmona is trying to pass himself off as someone who can work with both parties in the Senate while Flake is hitting his opponent as a “bully” who is demeaning to women and doesn’t work well with others.
This will be one of the races we’ll be tracking on election night. Flake is one of the few Republicans in Congress of which I’m a fan. Here’s hoping he pulls this one out.