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Poll: Dem Mark Kelly Ahead of Sen. McSally in Ariz.

gabrielle giffords, wearing pearls and black dress on left, is shown with husband mark kelly on right in a blue suit
In this Nov. 12, 2018 photo,  politician and gun control advocate Gabrielle Giffords and husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, attend the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. (Evan Agostini/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 August 2019 08:06 AM

Retired Air Force fighter pilot Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., finds herself down 5 points in a 2020 poll to retired astronaut, gun control advocate, and Democrat Mark Kelly.

The results of the OH Predictive Insights survey, which were released to The Hill, show Kelly with 46% support to McSally's 41%.

The latest figures indicate a notable change in the race. In two polls conducted by OH Predictive Insights earlier this year, McSally led by 2 points (in February) and 1 point (in May).

A former member of the House, McSally lost her bid to win a Senate seat in last year's midterm election. However, she was appointed to replace the late Sen. John McCain, who died one year ago after a battle with brain cancer.

McSally and Kelly are running to serve out the remainder of McCain's six-year term, which ends in 2022.

McSally, however, appears to be on an uphill battle. The latest figures from OH Predictive Insights show she trails Kelly by 9 points in the all-important Maricopa County, a county she lost in 2018 en route to losing the election.

"Maricopa County is the problem," said Republican pollster Mike Noble of OH Predictive Insights. McSally "had a problem in the previous poll where she was down five, and now she's down nine."

Kelly was also a military pilot, serving in the Navy before becoming a NASA astronaut. He is married to former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived a 2011 assassination attempt by a man armed with a handgun.

The OH Predictive Insights poll included 600 likely Arizona voters from Aug. 13-14. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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Retired Air Force fighter pilot Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., finds herself down 5 points in a 2020 poll to retired astronaut, gun control advocate, and Democrat Mark Kelly.
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