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44% of Democrats still undecided in Senate primary

Parraz claims 'virtual tie' with Glassman


44 percent of Democrats still haven't decided who should run for the U.S. Senate, according to a new poll commissioned by Randy Parraz.

Parraz called the race "a virtual dead heat," noting that he is nearly tied with Rodney Glassman with 17 percent to the former Tucson city councilman's 20 percent.

Former investigative journalist John Dougherty received the nod from 11 percent, while ex-legislator Cathy Eden fell to 8 percent, a release from the Parraz campaign said.

The labor organizer hired Winning Connections to conduct the poll. 417 likely voters were surveyed Monday night in an automated telephone poll. The margin of error is 5 percent.

A late-July Rasmussen poll had Glassman leading with 15 percent, Eden at 11, Parraz with 10 and Dougherty trailing at 7 percent.

Parraz holds a 7-1 lead with Latino voters, his campaign said. Glassman leads among non-Latinos. Parraz's campaign predicts that the proportion of Latino voters will be higher this election than previously.

Arizona's primary election is Aug. 24, but early voting has already begun. Friday is the last day an early ballot may be requested.

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