Contact: Chad Willems (602) 235-9320

Arizona Senate Race
Announced and Potential Candidates Line Up
PHOENIX, AZ – A recent survey conducted by Phoenix-based Summit Consulting Group, Inc. shows a very tight race for the Republican nomination among candidates rumored to be interested in replacing Senator Jon Kyl. An automated survey conducted February 10th among 1,881 likely Republican primary election voters shows the following: When asked the question, “If the Republican primary election for the U.S. Senate seat were held today, who would you vote for?” The results were:
Joe Arpaio Jeff Flake JD Hayworth John Shadegg Ben Quayle Undecided 21.3% 16.8% 16.6% 12.2% 5.6% 27.5%

Congressman Jeff Flake announced his candidacy this morning in Phoenix. A second survey was conducted the same day among likely Republican primary voters, but this survey only included Congressman Jeff Flake and former members of Congress John Shadegg and JD Hayworth. The results of that survey were as follows:
Jeff Flake JD Hayworth John Shadegg Undecided 21.9% 19.8% 17.2% 41.1%

This survey consisted of 1,469 voters throughout the state. Both surveys were conducted among Republican voters who have participated in both of the last two primary elections. The high number of undecided voters is not surprising since this survey was taken on the day Senator Kyl announced his retirement. The field of candidates will likely expand in the coming weeks and months as potential candidates weigh their chances of not only winning their party’s nomination, but the general election in 2012 as well.
(Disclosure: Summit Consulting Group, Inc. is the political consulting firm handling Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s re-election campaign. Summit has also provided services to Congressman Jeff Flake’s previous re-election efforts. Finally, Chad Willems, president of Summit, once worked for Congressman JD Hayworth’s campaign committee. This survey was not commissioned by any of these candidates but is only part of an ongoing series of public opinion surveys among competitive political races throughout the state.) 3230 East Broadway Road, Suite C-260 Phoenix AZ 85040

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