Unless Your Name's Wil Cardon, You'd Probably Beat Wil Cardon in GOP Senate Primary, Poll Shows

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James King
Wil Cardon trails Congressman Jeff Flake and "some other candidate" in the GOP Senate primary.
If you happen to be someone other than Mesa businessman Wil Cardon, you probably would beat Cardon in the GOP Senate primary, according to a recently released poll.

Cardon, who is running to replace retiring Senator Jon Kyl -- and subscribes to immigration policies similar to those of ousted Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce (more on that here) -- would lose the primary to "some other candidate" by at least four percentage points, a poll conducted by the Republican pollsters at Colorado-based Magellan Strategies finds.

Cardon's opponent, Congressman Jeff Flake, leads the race with 52-percent of the vote. "Some other candidate" takes second place with eight-percent, and Cardon took the bronze with four-percent.

Three other GOP candidates polled at two-percent or less, while 32-percent remain undecided.

Cardon's candidacy is in its infancy, so his poor poll numbers aren't too surprising. However, his stance on immigration isn't exactly inline with the majority of Arizona voters -- even Republicans.

A poll released last week by Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy shows that the vast majority of Arizonans (78-percent) support some sort of pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. The poll also found that 66-percent of Republicans support the idea.

As he made very clear during a campaign event this week, Cardon does not fall in the 78-percent.

"Unlike Barack Obama -- and my opponent [in the GOP Senate primary] Jeff Flake -- I oppose amnesty and I will not reward those who break the law," Cardon told supporters at a campaign event at his Phoenix headquarters on Tuesday.

His announcement came a week to the day after Pearce was recalled -- which the former Senate prez can thank, in part, to his extreme policies on immigration reform. See our cover story on the Pearce recall here.

As we mentioned earlier this week, it appears Arizonans are warming up to a more moderate approach to handling the illegal immigration problem.

Cardon, it seems, didn't get the message.

"[The Morrison Institute poll] doesn't surprise me at all," Cardon tells New Times. "That's what we all want, is to help people out -- but helping people out by letting people break the law and get ahead of others who haven't is not the solution."

If Cardon doesn't have the public on his side on the immigration issue, he'll likely get stomped by Flake in the primary -- immigration is one of the only issues where the two GOPers are somewhat divided.

In fact, Cardon supported Flake in several of his past Congressional campaign, and even served on his Senate campaign's finance committee -- until he decided to run for the seat himself.

As we also pointed out earlier this week, Cardon only stopped supporting Flake -- who once supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants -- after Flake cowered to Arizona's far-right-wingers and flip-flopped on the immigration issue.

In other words, Cardon supported Flake until Flake started agreeing with him.

See the entire Magellan poll here.


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14 comments
mirele
mirele

Is he even old enough to run? He's so baby-faced it's hard to believe he's 30.

Ross
Ross

With looks like that, shouldn't he be auditioning for a lead role in "The Book of Mormon" instead?

Ernie13x
Ernie13x

This fat-ass rich bitch nazi boy is nothing more than a Russell Pearce incarnate. He knows 78% of Arizonans don't embrace his views. What a familiar message-I don't care what the voters want. I want it done my way." Cardon's campaign money would be better spent donating to charity. He will not get elected.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I listened to his interview with Jim Sharp. He contradicted himself when he said Jeff Flake failed because he never created jobs. 30 seconds late He followed that comment by agreeing with Sharp that it was not the governments responsibility to create jobs.

Jeff flake easily maintains his seat if this guy is the only competition.

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Those jokers called me and asked me the poll questions. They didn't ask the obvious question though: "Will you be voting in the Republican primary because you're trying to throw a wrench into the works?" Seriously, the only reason I vote in that primary is to try to ensure they get the most un-electable candidate.

Former Republican
Former Republican

There are so many back-water politicians in Arizona it's truly disturbing. This is the 21st century. Arizona is trying to attract new business and tourists to the state while it's rooted in the days of slavery? It's time to find solutions to problems that don't involve using sledgehammer laws that do nothing but destroy people and the state creating even more animosity and chaos. Will not support Pearce's cronies.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

he reminds me of whatever relative of Goldwater's that wanted to run for Governor. I met him once, and he was a nazi wannabe jerk, sorta like Wil Cardon.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

and considering how much I hate Flake, that might be a bad thing.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I have thought about changing to registered Republican so I can vote in their primaries and try and get someone like that guy elected in the primary.

savatage
savatage

Precisely why I remain Republican...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

a lot of the slavery was started by Barry Goldwater. I don't know tons about AZ politics before him, but I have read some pretty nasty stuff about the Goldwaters. A place to start for anyone interested is The Arizona Project, which was written in the aftermath of Don Bolles Murder in Phoenix.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol good for you!

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