Vernon Parker Leads Republicans in CD9, According to Vernon Parker's Poll

Paradise Valley Town Councilman Vernon Parker is leading the Republican field in the state's Ninth Congressional District, according to a poll commissioned by Vernon Parker.

It's pretty much impossible to tell how legitimate the poll is, as one anonymous person on the Internet says it sounded a lot like a "push poll" when he was called, portraying all the candidates but Parker in a negative light.

Still, that's an anonymous person on the Internet, and it's not really that hard to believe Parker would be leading.

That said, according to what Vernon Parker says, he has the support of 21 percent of CD9's Republican voters.

Wendy Rogers takes second at 12 percent, followed by Martin Sepulveda and Travis Grantham at 8 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

Scottsdale Councilwoman Lisa Borowsky pulled in 2 percent, as did ex-CIA worker Leah Campos Schandlbauer.

There's a guy named Jeff Thompson who qualified for the primary ballot, but he either didn't register any votes or wasn't listed in Parker's poll.

Just less than half of the alleged Republican voters in CD9 say they're undecided.

Parker easily has the most recognizable name on that list, seeing as he's run for Congress before, run for governor for a week or something, and also has the endorsement of one-time President George H.W. Bush -- Parker's former boss.

Based on two sitting Republican Congressmen's apprehension of running in CD9, it would seem the Dems -- David Schapira, Kyrsten Sinema, and Andrei Cherny -- would have the edge.

On the other hand, seven Republicans actually signed up, presumably with the intention of representing the district in Washington.

Parker's campaign says 300 Republican voters in the district were polled, with a 15 percent cell phone sample.

If a poll pops up that isn't paid for by a campaign, we'll go with that one.

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Matthew Hendley
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