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Election 2010

Brewer holds lead in latest governor poll

Gov. Jan Brewer's lead in the Republican primary for governor is holding, and her chances look even better now Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced he's not running.

A Rocky Mountain Poll released by the Behavior Research Center on Monday has Brewer at 22 percent, followed by Buz Mills at 13 percent, Dean Martin at 10 percent and John Munger at 4 percent, reports Arizona Capitol Times.

Brewer’s polling numbers have been on the rise since signing S1070, which is being called the toughest state-level illegal immigration law in the country, on April 23. A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted several days later showed the governor increasing her job approval numbers and margin of victory over Attorney General Terry Goddard, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor. The Rocky Mountain Poll was conducted from April 15-25, primarily before Brewer signed the bill.

More than half of the voters in the poll, however, were uncommitted, with 51 percent saying they hadn’t decided which candidate to support.

Last week, a Public Policy Polling survey had Brewer's numbers even higher, leading the Republican pack with 38 percent vs. 19 percent for Mills; 16 percent for Martin; and 3 percent for  Munger.

But had Arpaio entered the race, that poll had likely primary voters viewing him favorably at 70 percent, to only 22 percent with a negative opinion, and he led Brewer 33-25 as a prospective candidate.

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