U.S. Senate Race in Arizona: Ann Kirkpatrick in Dead Heat With John McCain

U.S. SENATE RACE IN ARIZONA: ANN KIRKPATRICK IN DEAD HEAT WITH JOHN McCAIN Phoenix, Arizona, April 15, 2016. Incumbent U.S. Senator John McCain is locked in a dead heat with Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick as both receive 42 percent of a test vote taken statewide in April. This leaves only 16 percent undecided as of the time of this survey, compared to 25 percent in January. It also appears that at least one traditional voting pattern is changing in Arizona. For many years, rural voters have tended to lean Republican in most races, but in 2016 Kirkpatrick is outpolling McCain by 43 to 39 percent in the state’s rural counties in a modest but important pattern we have noticed since January. To date, McCain seems to be running a low-key campaign, perhaps in an effort to not be drawn out about who he prefers in the primary elections for President. Whatever the reason, Senator McCain appears to have opened the door for Kirkpatrick to make gains with voters.