Wil Cardon, Wealthy Candidate for U.S. Senate, Presses On Despite Bleak Poll Numbers

Categories: Election 2012

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Wil Cardon, an independently wealthy businessman running for U.S. Senate, says there's plenty of time to turn around survey results that show him far behind Jeff Flake.

If anyone can match the millions raised by six-term congressman Jeff Flake in his bid to replace retiring Senator Jon Kyl, it's Valley businessman Wil Cardon.

It was Cardon's family that provided $10 million to help build the Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, and Cardon has put more than a million dollars into his campaign, which he kicked off last August.

But money can't buy love, and two Public Policy polls show that public sentiment hasn't shifted one iota toward Cardon since November.

Back then, Flake was solidly kicking the butt of Cardon (who has been in second among several other Republican contenders) 53 to 7 points.

The company that did the survey, Public Policy Polling, issued a more recent poll last week. Cardon's still in second -- but still managed to attract just 7 percent of the poll takers. Flake's numbers, meanwhile, went up a few notches to 56, meaning he was 49 points ahead of Cardon. The poll's margin of error was 4.8 percent.

Despite the dismal difference, Cardon remains upbeat and notes that enough time exists before the Republican primary -- September 11 -- to turn it around.

"The poll numbers at this point in the race are totally irrelevent," he says. "We're right on schedule for where we need to be."

Cardon puts stock in another statistic that came out last week, this one from a straw poll conducted among more than 300 Republicans attending a recent luncheon. That poll had him beating Flake 51-38. Cardon acknowledges it wasn't a scientific survey, but says it shows unhappiness with his competitor.

Cardon says his campaign has swelled from contributions outside his own wallet, while Jeff Flake was tossed into the "losers" pile by a February Washington Post article on the latest fund-raising numbers.

Clearly, Cardon will continue to struggle to make gains against the well-known Flake, a guy whom he used to think of so highly that he served on the finance committe of Flake's campaign. Poorly reviewed attacks on Flake's travel expenses aren't going to cut it.

On at least one major issue, immigration, Cardon and Flake share a belief that "amnesty" shouldn't be an option -- something Cardon says Flake "flip-flopped" over. The Mesa businessman is trying to play up his "outsider" credentials, focusing on his proven business skills.

Cardon and his family are going to make sure we all hear a lot about him in the coming months.


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Five kids! No wonder Cardon wants a job in D.C.

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Viking123
Viking123

This candidate is a bigot and no clue of what he is talking about.

cannondax
cannondax

Cardon is an idiot. I am embarrassed for him just reading about him. I have no doubt his wife married him for the family fortune. Why he possibly thinks he could do even a fraction of the job Flake has done I will never know. I wonder if he has ever held a real job. Working for daddy does not count little boy. Go out into the cold cruel world and try it on your own and then come back and talk to us.

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Since when does being a juice boy and inheriting a family fortune count as "business skills"? 

This Nancy boy should be thanking his lucky stars he got daddy's money or he never would've scored that hot wife. 

Expert Shot
Expert Shot

Best Campaign Slogan in this race "Yeah, he's a Flake!"

PhoenixFitGal
PhoenixFitGal

I really liked Wil when I first met him, but he is one of those guys the more you talk to him the more annoying he becomes. That ad he has attacking Flake is a joke.Yea thats a real game changer, guy who serves on a committee that requires foreign travel is traveling. Shocker.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Not going to win any office, any time, higher than city council. peace

Conservative with a brain
Conservative with a brain

How desperate is it that Wil has to flack a Rob Haney-controlled straw poll to indicate a modicum of support in his candidacy. When the truth is that a million dollars of his dad's money hasn't moved him from his pathetic seven percent. Leave it to the liberal new times to push this loser because they know he will get crushed by the dems while flake is so popular he wont lose. 

EVgop
EVgop

So I thought the Cardons were supposed to be smart with their money. After spending thousands and helping raise even more than that for Flake now they are taking him on? Seeing how they are spending their money attacking him for something like doing his job and getting crushed still, it is not a wise investment to keep pumping money into a losing proposition. But hey at least they are doing what they can to help stimulate the economy. 

Mac
Mac

I heard this guy speak and he was awful.  Was asked point blank how he could attack Flake over immigration when he was a huge supporter of him until six months ago, and he couldn't answer it.

Aide
Aide

Cardon's campaign has swelled from contributors outside his own pocket? You mean the $60 grand he raised from Arizonans last quarter?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Is there a problem with a family choosing to have five children?

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