Wed, April 01

Arizona voters predict McCain vs. Clinton in 2008

PHOENIX -- If Arizonans get their way, it will be John vs. Hillary in the 2008 presidential race.

And if that's the match-up, then John McCain, the state's senior senator, will win -- at least in his home state.

A new statewide survey by KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS affiliate, shows that 28 percent of Arizona Democrats queried said they would vote for Hillary Clinton.

But the current senator from New York hardly has the field to herself. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is the favorite of 24 percent.

Pollster Bruce Merrill said former Vice President Al Gore is the choice of 16 percent of Democrats, with 14 percent favoring John Edwards, who was the party's vice presidential nominee in 2004.

On the Republican side, McCain is the choice of 44 percent of Republicans, with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani backed by 25 percent. Former Congressman Newt Gingrich weighed in at 11 percent, with 6 percent for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and 2 percent for Rep. Duncan Hunter of California.

In both cases, the margin of error is more than 6 percentage points.

Merrill also found that in a head-to-head among what are now the two top picks, McCain would walk away with Arizona's 10 electoral votes easily. He is the pick of 52 percent of the 600 registered voters questioned last week, vs. 32 percent for Clinton.

That question has a margin of error of 4 percent.

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