Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth released poll numbers today that he claims show he's inching closer to dethroning Senator John McCain as the Republican candidate for the United States Senate.
A Rasmussen poll released today finds that McCain's lead over Hayworth is only five percentage points, and in the release, the pollster claims, "Any incumbent who is earning less than 50 percent of the vote at this stage of the campaign in considered vulnerable."
Scott Rasmussen's the same guy who announced this week that he has Texas Congressman Ron Paul in a dead-heat with President Obama in the 2012 presidential election, so we tend take his findings with a block of salt. Be that as it may, the McCain campaign seems unfazed by the new numbers.
"I understand that Congressman Hayworth's campaign is foaming at the mouth over the latest Rasmussen poll out today, but the reality is it's statistically unchanged from the last survey they did, and it shows Senator McCain in an enviable position with a 67 percent favorability rating among Republican primary voters," says McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers.
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Last month, internal polls conducted by the McCain campaign gave "The Maverick" a 16-point lead over Hayworth, while a Rasmussen poll conducted at roughly the same time had Hayworth only down seven points.
"McCain has flooded the airways with paid advertisements, and apparently Arizona voters don't like what he has to say," says Hayworth campaign manager David Payne. "Congressman Hayworth's grassroots campaign and conservative message is being embraced by the people."
McCain's campaign sees things differently.
"When Congressman Hayworth was in Congress, he was part of the problem in Washington, supporting wasteful spending and earmarks -- that's why voters threw him out of office in 2006," Rogers says.