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February 14, 2016

Arizona: Ron Barber Up Over Martha McSally in Internal Poll

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An internal poll that Rep. Ron Barber’s (D-Ariz.) campaign released today showed the incumbent has a solid lead over retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally as they head into the fall election.

Barber has the support of 53 percent of respondents, while 40 percent said they backed McSally. Both are their parties’ likely nominees.

Barber had near pervasive name identification in the district. Eighty-seven percent of respondents knew who he was. Forty-seven percent had a favorable impression of him, while 28 percent had an unfavorable view of him, according to the pollster, Dave Walker of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.

Forty-two percent of those surveyed were able to identify McSally. Twenty-two percent had a favorable impression of her, while 10 percent view her unfavorably.

“Change is the nature of politics, but voters in this district have embraced Ron Barber and he will be very difficult to beat in November,” the polling memo states.

“Congressman Barber and Washington Democrats spent millions on TV, in the mailbox and on radio only a few weeks ago and can barely squeak by the 50 percent mark,” McSally spokesman Christian Morgan wrote in an email. “Martha’s campaign is getting ready and, with 97 days until the General Election, she is within striking distance.”

The poll included 503 likely voters and was conducted July 17-22. The survey had a 4.4-point margin of error.

Roll Call rates this race as Leans Democratic.


    Barber was Gifford’s man. Her electoral following was limited largely to the Liberal element which controls most of the politics in Tucson. Giffords was a pretty lady who’s father is well liked in Pima County. With the re-districting it will be very interesting to see the outcome of the election for real will be. Gabriel did not real cater to the desires of her electorate, but took her orders from Nancy Pelosi. Unfortunately with the re-districting, I won’t have a chance to vote against him this time as I always did Gabby.

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