The new Rocky Mountain Poll of Arizona shows Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) continuing to demolish his challenger in the Republican primary, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.
The numbers: McCain 64%, Hayworth 19%, and conservative activist Jim Deakin 5%. The survey of registered voters has a ±5.4% margin of error. The previous Rocky Mountain numbers from April had McCain ahead by 54%-28%, with Deakin not included, and it’s only gotten worse for Hayworth since then. The TPM Poll Average gives McCain a lead of 52.3%-30.6%.
Hayworth has been trying to build up an anti-establishment, Tea Party-style campaign against McCain. However, McCain has noticeably veered right on issues like immigration, somewhat neutralizing Hayworth’s appeal. And of course, Hayworth has been dragged down thanks to public scrutiny over an infomercial he did in 2007 for a company offering shady seminars on how to receive “free money” from the government. D’oh!