DeConcini backs Carmona for Ariz. Senate

Carmona was the favored pick of Democrats in Washington to compete for the seat that retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) is vacating and Democrats are eager to pick up. He is competing in the Democratic primary with former state party chairman Don Bivens.

A survey by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling released over the Thanksgiving weekend showed Carmona within 4 points of Rep. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeSenate should seek to retain its 'blue slip' tradition for judicial nominees Progressives target Heller and Flake on Senate GOP bill The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-Ariz.), the GOP front-runner, despite the state's conservative leanings. The poll put Bivens 10 points behind Flake in a general-election matchup.