Terry Goddard Loses Lead Race for Governor, Latest Poll Shows

State Attorney General Terry Goddard, the lone Democratic candidate for governor, has lost his once vast lead over all Republican candidates, the latest poll shows.

He still trounces Governor Jan Brewer, though (no shock there).

According to the latest Rasmussen poll, Goddard would lose in head-to-head elections with both Treasurer Dean Martin and political newbie, Owen "Buz" Mills.

The poll shows that Mills is the new leader in the race for the state's top spot, leading Goddard 43 percent to 37 percent, while Martin would also best Goddard, leading him 43 percent to 38 percent in the poll.

Brewer didn't do so hot.

Goddard leads Brewer 45 percent to 36 percent in the poll.

This latest poll shows a shift from a similar one taken back in November.

In a November Rasmussen poll, Goddard led every Republican candidate, including Martin, by at least 3 percent. In fact, the only Republican the poll showed could beat Goddard at the time was this election's dark horse -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio (cue the Darth Vader music).

Arpaio has not officially joined the race but continues to be obnoxiously ambiguous about whether he plans on throwing his hat in the ring.

In November, the sheriff "tweeted" that "If ever there was a time to consider a run, now may be the time. I [continue] to be asked by my supporters to step up and fill a leadership void."

According to the November poll, Arpaio led Goddard 51 percent to 39 percent -- despite Arpaio's not even being officially in the race.

Just last week, Arpaio continued to rattle the gubernatorial bird cage, when he told KTAR he was still considering a run.

"I'll take my resume and put it against anybody in this state where I've been in private business. I've been in the Army...I met with ambassadors. I can go on and on," Arpaio chirps.
He can go on and on, all right.

If Arpaio were to run for governor, he would be forced to give up his position as sheriff, and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors would pick his replacement.

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