Gov. Jan Brewer, now the GOP’s official nominee for governor, held her double-digit lead over Democrat Terry Goddard in Rasmussen Reports’ first post-primary poll.
Brewer led the Democratic attorney general 57 to 28 in the automated, push-button poll of 500 likely voters, which was conducted on Aug. 25, the day after both candidates won their parties’ nominations. Rasmussen’s polling, which has a 4.5 percent margin of error, has shown Brewer leading by double digits since May. Three percent of respondents said they would vote for a different candidate, and another 3 percent said they were undecided.
Polling from Rasmussen and other groups shows Goddard with a tough road ahead, but spokeswoman Janey Pearl said the numbers haven’t been intimidating or demoralizing to the Democratic candidate. She said she believe the trends will shift back toward Goddard after the Sept. 1 Clean Elections debate between Brewer and Goddard. Goddard is also still urging Brewer to agree to six more proposed debates before the Nov. 2 general election, she said.
“We saw the poll. We know what they say. But we’re confident that once voters see the two candidates side by side, that will change,” Pearl said. “The reality is she’s been in hiding. And it’s been almost two weeks and she hasn’t agreed to the series of debates that Goddard proposed and which Arizonans deserve.”