U.S. Sen. John McCain has been bracing for a tough re-election battle and a new poll from a Democratic firm released Tuesday indicates the veteran Arizona Republican's political predicament.
McCain, who is seeking a sixth, six-year term, led state Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City 39 percent to 26 percent, according to a poll that asked about the Aug. 30 primary race, and three other GOP challengers — "tea party" conservatives Alex Meluskey and Clair Van Steenwyk and political unknown Scott McBean — cumulatively took 9 percentage points. Another 27 percent was undecided.
In a head-to-head match-up against Ward, which now seems unlikely, McCain and Ward were tied at 41 percent, the poll said.
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