RASMUSSEN POLL: McCAIN IN SAME SHAPE AS SEN. ARLEN SPECTER - VULNERABLE
Phoenix, AZ (May 19) - Today's Rasmussen Reports finds that Sen. John McCain "cannot be comforted by the fact that his level of support in early primary polling is similar to the numbers for Arlen Specter.
"Specter, defeated by Joe Sestak, led in just about all early polling but could never get much above the 50 percent level of support."
Rasmussen said McCain's support "is stuck in a narrow range between 47 percent and 53 percent."
The latest poll, conducted May 17 with a margin of error of 4.5 percent, had McCain at 52 percent and U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) at 40 percent.
Conservative GOP voters break evenly between the two candidates, while self-identified liberal and moderates favor McCain.
"Sen. McCain has blasted the airways with $2.2 million dollars in advertising, spent untold resources on voter outreach, has replaced his campaign management team once already and he is still in trouble," said Hayworth Campaign Manager David Payne. "We've not spent a dime on television ads and have run a lean, grassroots campaign, yet Mr. McCain is nervous."
Payne said voters in Arizona are ready for a change and typically make up their minds just before the August Primary election.
"By election day, voters will know they have a choice between John McCain's tired politics of the past and J.D. Hayworth's hopeful message of bringing the right kind of change to Washington," Payne said.
Payne also pointed to the stunning victory of Rand Paul, who captured the Republican Senate nomination in Kentucky with the backing of the Tea Party movement, defeating GOP-establishment candidate and Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
"This is not the year to be an insider, and John McCain is the biggest insider of them all," Payne said.