Poll: McCain Trails by 3 in Arizona

Libertarian Barr seen into GOP candidate's rightward flank
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2008 12:36 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a town hall-style meeting in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, July 10, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – A new online poll shows Barack Obama leading John McCain 42%-39% in the Republican’s home state of Arizona. Libertarian hopeful Bob Barr is playing a sizable spoiler role, the Washington Independent reports, with 7% of Arizona voters giving him their backing—including 16% who call themselves very conservative. (Independent Ralph Nader claims 2%, and 5% are undecided.)

Other polls have shown McCain up by as much as 10 points in the state; one member of the Republican team called the Zogby survey a “fraud;” some insiders distrust surveys conducted on the web, the Independent notes. “Barr is hurting McCain all across the country," said a spokesman for Zogby, which sees 11 states as swing battlegrounds—including McCain's Arizona.