No One Leading Race for Arizona Governor

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For the second month in a row, pollsters have found that Arizonans don't really know who they'd like to see as their next governor.

In results released today, Public Policy Polling found the leader in the GOP primary to be "undecided," at 34 percent. The leading GOP candidate is Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who, at 20 percent support, is ahead of seven other Republican candidates.

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-Nobody Really Knows Who They Like for Arizona Governor

All the GOP candidates were polled against presumptive Democratic candidate Fred DuVal, and there were no clear winners in any of those match-ups. A large chunk of people said they weren't sure.

For most of the candidates, Democrat and Republican, most voters didn't have an opinion either way. However, it's pretty clear there's one person a lot of people don't like -- disbarred and disgraced former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. While he had a decent amount of support compared to the other candidates, 29 percent of people said they have an "unfavorable" opinion of Thomas, which is easily the highest "unfavorable" rating of any candidate.

Bennett, who once had a brush with "birther" politics, had the second-highest "unfavorable" measure, at 24 percent. Republican Senator Al Melvin, now famous for his CNN interview on SB 1062 with Anderson Cooper, had the third-highest "unfavorable" rating, at 22 percent.

Nobody's "favorable" rating exceeded 15 percent.

On other topics in the poll, Democrat Felicia Rotellini had a lead of eight percentage points over Republican Tom Horne in the AG's race, although 22 percent said they weren't sure. No poll questions asked about Horne's primary challenger, Mark Brnovich.

Additionally, 72 percent of people said they supported Governor Jan Brewer's veto of SB 1062.

In another poll question, 49 percent said same-sex marriage should be legal in Arizona, and 41 percent said it shouldn't.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Folks, Vote in the Primary where your vote counts. This is where the wing-nuts are elected. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Re same-sex marriage, it is here and it is here to stay. In ten years or less it'll be legal in all 50 states. That said, all of you poor superstitious morons go back into your churches and stay there. 

EgregiousPhilbin
EgregiousPhilbin

I hope that Melvin stays in, we need as much comedic relief as possible, sure Candy will be funny as always, but "What about tomorrow?"

Reggievv
Reggievv

How about a Democratic Governor, House and Senate? Just to get a relief from the theocracy, the tea party loons, the gun nuts, the real estate lobby and the unelected Goldwater/Koch Brothers clique.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

The state would probably be better off with no governor.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@robert_graham Sorry, Jaffy. Your mom isn't eligible to run for Governor. Even the local Repubs can't change state Constitutional law without a vote of the people.

Reggievv
Reggievv

We never thought Ev Mecham could ever get elected either. Neither did Burton Barr.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Reggievv  

Trade one set of loons for another?  No thanks.  A balance of power between the two parties is best, since neither party really puts our interests first.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@Cozz Like we have been for the past 6 or so years, Coz?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Cozz  

I maintain that we function best with a Republican legislature and a Democrat as governor to veto the crazy stuff.

Reggievv
Reggievv

False equivalency. Everything this State is or isn't is solely the result of a one party State.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@TommyCollins

Exactly Tommy. All we've had for the last 6 years is a brainless twit as Governor.

Reggievv
Reggievv

Due to the extreme brilliance displayed by the Republican majority over the last 30 years? The mess that is CPS, the real estate dominated bust economy, poorly financed schools, extremist social engineering, theocratic laws, anti Hispanic citizen actions, and voter actions, constant interference with local governments (cities, counties, and school districts), non existent "threats" to property, never ending tax cuts for the well connected, ALL a result of the 30 year one party dictatorship, balanced only briefly by Democratic governors vetoing the most insane legislation. That functioning?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Reggievv  

It's only been a few years that we've been a "one party state".  You do remember that the governor before Brewer was a Democrat, right?  There were several before her, as well.

Having either party completely dominate is always going to be worse than having a balance.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Reggievv  

You seem to have overlooked that what I'm proposing is exactly what you referred to as "balanced".

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