This week the political firm, Silver Bullet LLC, which does work all across the country, put out “a new poll [that] again shows McCain leading Ward by double digits.” The findings were cut and dry and reflect what the voters of Arizona have been saying for months: “The poll of 469 likely GOP primary voters, conducted on August 17-18 by consulting firm Silver Bullet LLC, shows Ward lagging behind McCain, 31-50. Clair Van Steenwyk pulled 6 percent of the vote, while 13 percent were undecided.”
Is this surprising? Not really. For all of the noise Ward has made with small Republican groups, her isolationist message, and embrace of radicals and racists have not helped her message resonate widely with Republican voters. It has been predicted for months that Senator McCain would win the primary against Ward who hasn’t mounted a professionally run campaign. Senator John McCain is not only a national hero for his military service, but he is also the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee; a committee that is more important than ever. He has experience on the campaign trail and his ideas are in the mainstream of his party, which consistently wins him the support of donors and grassroots voters statewide.
Now that Ward knows she is going to get beat in a landslide by Senator McCain, she is enlisting the help of her political action committee, KelliPAC. What’s ironic, however, is that for someone such as Kelli Ward who preaches against Washington and special interests and being a political “outsider,” she sure is getting quite a bit of help from donors outside of Arizona. Arizona’s 12 News reports:
“New documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show hedge-fund magnate Robert Mercer has donated $200,000 to KelliPAC, a Super PAC that has pledged to spend up to $1.2 million in the last days of Ward’s Republican primary against McCain. … The KelliPAC filing also lists expenses at several Long Island, N.Y., locations — a hotel; food at an IHOP and a diner; and flowers as a “dinner gift” – suggesting a visit to the Mercer home in East Setauket, N.Y., before the Fourth of July.”
Interesting that a candidate running for U.S. Senate in Arizona is out campaigning in New York, right? Perhaps Kelli Ward is trying to bring in outside dollars to help her already failed campaign. Too little too late.
With more than half of the votes already cast, it appears a foregone conclusion that John McCain will again be his party’s nominee going into November. Arizona is lucky to have such a patriotic and historic leader fighting for our state, and our security and freedom in a dangerous and unpredictable world.