Republican candidates for U.S. Senate and governor in Arizona – Blake Masters and Kari Lake – hold strong double-digit leads over the rest of their respective primary fields, according to a poll.
The Gateway Pundit/ Cygnal poll found Masters, president of the Thiel Foundation, is the most popular candidate among likely primary voters, garnering 29.9 percent of the response. He holds a 10.3 percentage point lead over the next closest competitor, Jim Lamon, at 19.6 percent. Mark Brnovich secured 17.9 percent of the response, while neither Michael McGuire nor Justin Olson breached the 10 percent mark, at 5.3 and 1.9 percent, respectively. Another 25.3 percent remained undecided. In the general election, the winner of the primaries will be facing Sen. Mark Kelly (D–AZ).
Former President Donald J Trump endorsed Masters in June, and subsequent polls from the Trafalgar Group and Public Policy Polling both found Masters to be in first place above the rest of the primary field. Masters polled in the third spot, according to a Trafalgar poll.
Trump said in part in his endorsement:
Blake is Strong on Border Security, in particular, the disastrous Southern Border where people are pouring into the U.S. by the millions, and destroying our Country. Blake is determined to turn this around fast. Blake will also reduce taxes and regulations, fight crime, and support our military and veterans. Blake will stand up for the Second Amendment which is currently under siege and win!
Lake, a former Phoenix Fox 10 reporter, who received Trump’s backing in September, is polling at 45.4 percent in a crowded field, according to the Gateway Pundit/ Cygnal poll. She holds a commanding 11.7-point lead over Karrin Taylor Robson, who garnered the second highest response at 33.7 percent. Scott Neely and Matt Salmon are polling below three percent. This indicates that the race between Lake and Robson is still close with three weeks to go before the August 2 primary. Another 14.2 percent of voters were undecided.
“She is strong on Crime, will protect our Border, Second Amendment, Military, and Vets, and will fight to restore Election Integrity (both past and future!). Trump stated in his endorsement that she was against Covid lockdowns and Cancel Culture. He also said that she would end the “woken” curriculum in schools.
Of respondents, 59.1 percent identified as “Trump Republican[s],” while 38 percent stated they were “Traditional conservative Republican[s].”
The poll sampled 419 likely primary voters between July 12-13 through SMS and interactive voice response. The margin of error is plus/minus 4. 78 percentage points