Alternate headline: “Vulnerable governors everywhere scramble to craft anti-illegal immigration legislation.”
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, following her signing and passionate defense of the state’s new immigration law, now claims 45% of the vote in the state’s Republican Primary field. That’s a 19-point gain from a month ago and puts her well ahead of all her challengers.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely GOP Primary Voters in Arizona shows State Treasurer Dean Martin and businessman Buz Mills each attracting 18% support. Former state Republican Party Chairman John Munger trails with three percent (3%). Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and 13% are undecided.
Just last month, Brewer held a modest lead with 26% of the primary vote, followed by Mills at 18%, Munger at 14% and Martin with 12%. Twenty-four percent (24%) were undecided.
In March, Brewer, Martin and Mills were in a three-way tie, each attracting about 20% of GOP voters.
From 20% to 26% to 45% in three months. From being tied in the primary two months ago to not having anyone even close to challenging her today.