McCain Opens Up Sizeable Leads In New Primary And General Election Polls

August 24, 2016 5:53 p.m.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has built solid leads in both Arizona’s upcoming GOP Senate primary and the general election, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

McCain leads Kelli Ward, 55-29, ahead of Arizona’s primary election on Tuesday.

In a hypothetical matchup against his likely Democratic challenger Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), McCain comes out 13 points ahead, 52-39.

Polls from earlier this summer showed a less clear lead for McCain, with Kirkpatrick just two points behind the former GOP presidential nominee in a June poll from Democratic pollster PPP.

The poll, conducted Aug. 18-23, surveyed 842 registered Arizona voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

TPM’s PollTracker Average for the general election shows McCain leading Kirkpatrick, 52 to 39.

TPM’s PollTracker Average for the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate election in Arizona shows McCain leading Ward, 53.3 to 29.

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