Jesse Kelly leading in CD 8

Roll Call reports that a poll released today shows conservative Jesse Kelly as the strongest Republican candidate in the special election to replace U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who stepped down in January.

Kelly has cut a clear swath as the odds-on candidate, moving ahead of Giffords former aide Ron Barber, the anointed liberal Democrat nominee.

Voters head to the polls tomorrow to select the nominees for the June 12 special election.  The winner will then hold the CD 8 seat until the end of this year. The race for the district’s full term kicks off in August.

Kelly leads Barber 49 percent to 45 percent in a head-to-head match-up. Other Republicans in the race are Martha McSally, Dave Sitton and Frank Antenori.

Jesse Kelly is a businessman and an Iraq war combat veteran. His message of lower taxes, a strong economy, and more jobs are resonating with Republican primary voters in Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District. Read Kelly’s issues page here.

In 2010, Jesse Kelly came within a point+ of beating the incumbent. Check out the numbers on Real Clear Politics.


8 Responses to Jesse Kelly leading in CD 8

  1. teapartypatriot says:

    “…are resonating with Republican primary voters in Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District. ”

    That may be true, BUT remember that the general election will be held in the NEW CD 2 which the d-cRAT socialist Redistricting Commission gerrymandered to be LESS REPUBLICAN than the old CD 8. With Kelly’s pathetic, incompetent, sophomoric, amateurish campaign history, the outcome of the general is TBD.

    • Pima Pal says:

      What are you talking about? Jesse Kelly came within a point and a half of overtaking a sitting congresswoman who outspent him by a considerable margin and was the darling of Nancy Pelosi & Obama. Do you live in Pima County? I do and was proud of the campaign he ran.

  2. Orion says:

    Smiley Frank Antenori must be sucking more lemons than usual today. His campaign has been plagued with financial problems which will not only translate into embarrassment, but also into being unable to get the vote out. He should have stayed committed to his legislative seat.

  3. Seeing Red AZ says:

    Message to Robert Rowley:
    Over an extended period of time, you have repeatedly sent the same lengthy, malicious comment — including multiple links — to this site. Save your time and energy. It will not be posted.

    This blog is devoted to politics. Having a favorite in a political race is expected. Continually denigrating another candidate is not. Spew your bile elsewhere. This is not the place.

  4. LEO IN TSN says:

    Antenori is running a campaign right out of the McNasty playbook, replete with false innuendoes and shady associations. He has learned well from his mentor. This is what he helped McAmnesty do on the 2010 primary against a true conservative patriot. History does repeat.

    Now Antenori has teamed up with the Democrat Chairman of Pima County to hold hands as they campaign together against Jesse Kelly.

    The more Antenori steps into the light, the uglier he becomes. And don’t forget his pro-amnesty votes and his anti-ballot security posture, a history that has hurt AZ and US.

    God bless America.

  5. Tyler M says:

    Well, it will be interesting to see who wins the primary tonight. I really have no idea who that will be. I guess that I wouldn’t be surprised if any of the 4 candidates actually pulls out a victory tonight & goes on to the Special General Election in June. Whoever wins tonight will be better than Ron Barber for sure. And Repubicans will have to unite behind that candidate immediately.

    I still haven’t completely made up my mind yet. I was an early Antenori supporter & might still lean that way, but I guess I’ll have to make a decision soon because polls close in just over 7 hours.

    Regarding the poll that “Roll Call” mentioned, I don’t even know how it got onto their website. The article specifically states that they don’t know who conducted the poll.

    Well, if they don’t release who conducted the poll, then the poll is meaningless. It could have been taken of 3rd grade English Students in Beijing for all I know.

    Regardless, I hope that the numbers really are that good for Jesse Kelly in a General Election match-up against Ron Barber & I hope that each of our other Republican candidates would do that well against him too. We need to put CD8 in the Republican column for the first time ever. (We can’t really count former Congressman Jim Kolbe as a Republican).

    • Tyler M says:

      I ended up voting for Dave Sitton. But the election results so far tonight look like it’s all Jesse Kelly. So, if things hold up that way for the rest of the night, I’m all Kelly starting first thing tomorrow morning!