Jan Brewer Leader in GOP Primary for Arizona Governor, Poll Finds

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer got a dash of good news over the weekend in her bid to go from accidental governor to elected governor -- the latest poll number puts her as the leader in the crowded field of GOP candidates for guv.

Needless to say, we were shocked.

According to the latest Rasmussen poll, Brewer now leads the field with 26 percent of the vote.

As we've said before, Scott Rasmussen has Texas Congressman Ron Paul in a statistical dead heat with President Obama in the 2012 presidential election, so we tend to take his findings with a few blocks of salt.

In any event, this is a huge jump from a Rasmussen poll taken a month ago that showed Brewer trailing two other Republican candidates -- Treasurer Dean martin, and Owen "Buz" Mills -- by about three points.

Brewer now leads the field, according to Rasmussen, while Martin's numbers have taken a turn for the worse, and Mills' support has dropped from 19 percent to 18 percent, despite a $1.2 million media blitz.

Martin, who led the last poll with 21 percent, has fallen to only 14 percent, and now trails both Brewer and Mills.

Brewer's job-approval rating within the GOP has gained a little ground, too.

According to the poll, 54 percent of primary voters approve of the job Jan's doing, which is up from 47 percent.

Keep in mind, this is only among Republicans, but Jan's got to be happy about the numbers, either way.

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