Surprise Edge for McCain Over Rival
Hayworth polls well with far right; not GOP, independents, Dems
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2010 3:21 PM CDT
Former Republican congressman J.D. Hayworth kicks off his campaign to challenge Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain at a campaign rally Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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(Newser) – John McCain faces a challenge from the right in the Arizona primary, but a new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll finds him in a remarkably strong position. Rival JD Hayworth excites far-right conservatives, but his favorability/unfavorability spread with Republicans overall is slightly weaker, at 61% to 16%, than McCain's 76% to 19%. More important, McCain is much more popular with Democrats and independents: Hayworth has a net negative favorability with voters overall, and he lags McCain in hypothetical matchups with likely Democratic challengers.