The campaign battle for Arizona’s senior U.S. Senate seat is heating up fast. And incumbent Sen. John McCain just suffered another embarrassment within his own party.
At a state meeting recently for precinct committeemen, challenger and former Congressman J.D. Hayworth polled 68 percent of the votes. McCain limped in with a mere 10 percent.
On another blog, McCain supporters complained that the straw poll was worthless because the voters had to pay $5 in order to cast a vote.
They’ve got it backwards. It’s when the voters are paid in exchange for their vote that you can question it. That’s what Mitt Romney did for a straw poll in Iowa in the last presidential campaign.
A poll showed McCain leading Hayworth 45-43 percent. What’s interesting is that at the time of the poll, Hayworth had not officially become a candidate. Now he is, and you can look for him to start taking the lead on McCain in future polls. It’ll make McCain just that much more cantankerous.