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Election 2010

Goddard losing ground in governor's race

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has lost ground in his race for governor.

Goddard, a Democrat, has dropped to 40 percent to Gov. Jan Brewer's 44 percent. In March, Goddard was ahead of the Republican governor 45 percent to 36 percent.

Goddard trails all Republican candidates, according to Rasmussen Reports. He is behind State Treasurer Dean Martin 47 percent to 34 percent. He fares a little better against other Republicans, earning 37 percent against businessman Buz Mills' 46 percent, and former Arizona Republican Party Chairman John Munger's 44 percent. 

Immigration could be what's hurting Goddard's numbers.

He has voiced opposition to a controversial new immigration law awaiting Brewer's signature. Last week 83 percent of likely voters said immigration would play an important role in how they vote. New results show that 70 percent of state voters are in favor of the new law.

Brewer leads among likely primary voters with 26 percent support, while Mills attracts 18 percent, Munger 14 percent and Martin 12 percent. Republicans will pick their nominee in an Aug. 24 primary.

Goddard is viewed very favorably by 20 percent of Arizona voters and very unfavorably by 20 percent. Just 8 percent have a very favorable opinion of Brewer, while 23 percent view the current governor very unfavorably. Martin is viewed very favorably by 10 percent and very unfavorably by 9 percent. Mills, new to the political scene, has made a relatively strong impression on voters pretty quickly, with 16 percent seeing him as very favorably, 14 percent very unfavorably. Munger is viewed very favorably by only 5 percent and very unfavorably by 13 percent.

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Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard (left) and Gov. Jan Brewer