Washington, Nov. 25 (ANI): A Phoenix-based talk radio show host may prove to be a tough competition for Senator John McCain as he gears up for his Senate re-election bid next year, a new poll has revealed.
According to a new Rasmussen poll, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth is running neck to neck with Sen. McCain, even as the incumbent senator holds a slight edge, with the support of 45 percent of poll respondents, compared to 43 percent for Hayworth.
Even though Hayworth has not decided yet whether he will mount a challenge, he is humbled to know that he could give a tough competition to the Republican nominee for president.
"It's very humbling," Fox News quoted Hayworth, as saying.
"I think we all respect John as a historical figure. The question is, who can represent Arizona with a clear, consistent philosophy in the United States Senate. Apparently, the electorate, at least my fellow Republicans, are telling us in this poll they're inclined to look at someone other than John," Hayworth added.
In a written statement, McCain's spokeswoman said: "Senator McCain never takes any election for granted and is working hard to continue to deserve the support of Arizonans as he fights to create jobs in the state and keep America safe."
Political experts in Arizona say the immigration issue, not an intraparty feud, is central to any struggles McCain may face. (ANI)