‘Sheriff Joe’ Leads Flake, Shadegg in One Arizona Senate Poll

by Daniel Foster

Roll Call reports:

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio led a field of potential Republican Senate candidates in Arizona with 21 percent in a poll of likely GOP primary voters last week.

Rep. Jeff Flake, who announced his candidacy for the seat of retiring Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) on Monday, finished second with 17 percent in the Summit Consulting Group survey. The auto-dial poll of 1,881 likely GOP primary voters was conducted Thursday and had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth took third, with 16.6 percent. He was unsuccessful in his primary challenge to Sen. John McCain last year.

Coming in fourth was former Rep. John Shadegg at 12 percent, followed by freshman Rep.Ben Quayle at 6 percent. A significant percentage of respondents, 27.5 percent, were undecided.

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