Sen. John McCain is a political institution and one of the best known figures in the entire country.
But despite his built-in advantages and near universal name recognition, McCain is poised to have a tough time staying in office this year.
A new poll from Public Policy Polling (a left leaning firm that had a strong track record of success in the 2012 cycle) shows that McCain might not even get out of the Republican primary.
McCain only has a 35% approval rating among Republican voters in Arizona while 50% disapprove of the job he is doing according to the poll.
In the primary election, McCain holds a less than impressive lead over his closest competitor, former state senator Kelli Ward, 39% to 26% with three other candidates taking less than 5% support.
“John McCain’s going to have a hard time getting through the Republican primary,” Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling said in a press release. “39% isn’t a good place to be. And even if he does survive Kelli Ward, the general election’s likely to be tough for him too.”
If McCain does limp out of the primary, he will have another tough contest with Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, who he currently leads only by a 42% to 36% spread.
Were he to lose, McCain would probably be the highest profile defeat for the GOP (other than the Presidential race) and could lead to the Democrats gaining control of the US Senate.
McCain’s campaign staff dismissed the poll.
“We put zero stock in a partisan Democrat poll that is obviously aimed at boosting John McCain’s opponents in the primary and general elections,” McCain spokeswoman Lorna Romero said in a statement obtained by The Hill. “And even if you took this bogus poll at face value, it actually shows McCain in a stronger position today than PPP’s last poll, with his favorability up eight points since March.”
It should also be worth noting how McCain treats Donald Trump over the course of the next six months before election day.
Trump has attached McCain’s record in the Vietnam war and questioned his legacy as a hero due to the fact that he was captured.
H/T: The Hill
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