Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will make a rare campaign appearance in Mesa, Ariz., on Thursday in support of another former GOP nominee, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Romney, who lost to President Obama in 2012, will try to help McCain win a sixth term in the Senate.
The GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee is being opposed by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.
A recent Monmouth University poll found McCain leading Kirkpatrick by 10 points.
The poll showed McCain with 50 percent support against 40 percent for Kirkpatrick and 4 percent for Green Party candidate Gary Swing.
“McCain is sitting on a decent lead, but it’s worth noting that he has won all five of his previous Senate races by more than 20 points,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The poll showed McCain leads Kirkpatrick 56 percent to 34 percent among white voters, but trails her 53 percent to 39 percent among non-white voters.
Despite the fact that the senator has kept his distance from GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, the Monmouth poll found Trump supporters favoring McCain with 79 percent to 9 percent for Kirkpatrick. Supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton favor Kirkpatrick, 77 percent to 19 percent.
The poll also noted that 53 percent of respondents approve of the job McCain has done in Washington, while 39 percent disapprove.
The most recent YouGov/CBS News poll showed McCain leading Kirkpatrick 43 percent to 38 percent, with 11 percent of the voters undecided and 8 percent preferring another candidate.
Romney, who has largely avoided the campaign trail this year after his much-publicized antipathy toward Trump, went to Arizona in December on behalf of McCain.
“John McCain has been a strong leader in the United States Senate and a dedicated representative for the state of Arizona, making important contributions to our service members, veterans and families,” Romney said at the time.
“John’s deep knowledge of national security issues and experience helping American veterans is unmatched. We need advocates like John to fight against President Obama’s failed policies and get this country back on track,” he said then.
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