A new poll released by the only announced Democrat in this year's race for governor, Fred Duval, shows a competitive race ahead for the former Clinton White House official.
The poll shows Duval in tied with Republican candidate and current State Treasurer Doug Ducey in a hypothetical race (both earning in 32 percent) and trailing by 3 percent in a hypothetical race with Republican candidate and current Secretary of State Ken Bennett (with Duval getting 32 percent of the vote and Bennett getting 35 percent.)
Respondents also favored backing "a Democrat who favors making targeted investments in early childhood education and K-12 public schools" over a "Republican who supports cutting state taxes for business and individuals and reducing spending" by a six percentage points.
Duval still has a long way to go with becoming a household name throughout the state, garnering only 24 percent of those polled recognizing his name.
The poll of 500 likely voters talked to more Republicans than the official party registration figures from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office, will those responding self-identifying 43 percent as Republican and only 31 percent as Democrat.
The poll by Garin Hart Yang Research Group, conducted in early February, has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.