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Election 2010

Hayworth closing on McCain in latest poll

GOP Senate primary race tightens

Incumbent Sen. John McCain leads challenger J.D. Hayworth by seven points in the race for the GOP Senate primary, says the latest Rasmussen poll.

McCain leads the ex-Congressman 48 percent to 41 percent among likely voters in the Republican primary.

McCain had held a 53 to 31 lead in January, after Sarah Palin agreed to campaign for him.

Says Rasmussen:

But now Hayworth, a former congressman turned popular local talk radio host, is a formal candidate, and anti-immigration activist Chris Simcox has quit the race and endorsed him. For McCain, the new numbers also show him dropping again below 50%, and incumbents who poll less than 50% at this stage of a campaign are considered potentially vulnerable.

Hayworth leads by seven points among male primary voters but trails by 23 among women. He edges McCain by five points among party conservatives, but the incumbent holds substantial margins among Republicans who identify themselves as moderates or liberals.

Palin will appear with McCain at rallies in Tucson and Mesa next week.

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