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Kelly leads McSally by 7 points in Arizona Senate poll

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly (D) leads Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyCindy McCain on possible GOP censure: 'I think I'm going to make T-shirts' Arizona state GOP moves to censure Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed MORE (R) in the race for an Arizona seat in the United States Senate, according to a new poll.

The poll conducted by OH Predictive Insights, a Phoenix-based polling firm, shows Kelly scoring 49 percent of the vote among Arizona voters, compared with 42 percent for McSally.

Kelly led McSally by a narrower margin, 47 to 44 percent, in the firm's December poll.

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McSally, who was appointed to the seat by Gov. Doug Ducey (R) after the death of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain: Trump's legacy is DC looking like a 'war zone' What to watch for in Biden Defense pick's confirmation hearing The best way to handle veterans, active-duty military that participated in Capitol riot MORE (R), has seen her favorable ratings drop substantially in recent months. Today, 43 percent of Arizona voters see her favorably, while 47 percent see her unfavorably.

But Mike Noble, OH Predictive Insights' chief of research, pointed to the number of Arizona voters who do not have an opinion of Kelly — nearly a quarter of likely voters — as an opportunity for McSally to fight back, if she can define the political neophyte early.

The race has become one of the most expensive in the country, as both Kelly and McSally prove prodigious fundraisers.

Through the end of 2019, Kelly had raised more than $20 million and had $13 million in the bank.

McSally had raised $12 million, a figure that would have been more impressive if she were running against any other Democrat in the country. She ended the year with $7.6 million on hand.

Arizona is fast becoming a battleground state in 2020, both in the race between Kelly and McSally and in the presidential contest. Arizona's demographics are changing rapidly as more voters move in from nearby states in search of high-tech jobs in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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The OH Predictive Insights survey found just 47 percent of Arizona voters approve of the job President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE is doing, while 50 percent disapprove. 

Just 46 percent of Arizona voters approved of the way Trump was handling the novel coronavirus outbreak spreading across the country, while 54 percent disapproved, pollsters discovered.

Arizona voters also favor a generic Democratic candidate for Congress by a 4-point margin, 45 to 41 percent, over a generic Republican.

The poll surveyed 600 likely Arizona voters on both cellphones and landlines from March 3 to 4. It carried a margin of error of 4 percentage points.