Weekly Standard: John McCain Leads Democratic Challenger by 19 Points

The Weekly Standard is reporting that John McCain leads in his Senate re-election bid by 19 points.

The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal Marist poll should quiet down the chatter that John McCain could lose his Senate seat: The Arizona senator leads his Democratic challenger 57 percent to 38 percent.

The Marist survey is the first public poll released since McCain won his primary on August 30. There had been some fear among Republicans that with Trump at the top of the ticket Arizona could turn into a battleground state, and McCain, who just turned 80, could be one of the senators taken down in an anti-Trump wave. If this Marist poll is anywhere close to being correct, it appears those fears are unwarranted.

Marist polls also found good news for Senate Republicans in three other races. In New Hampshire, Republican Kelly Ayotte holds an 8-point lead over Democrat Maggie Hassan (Ayotte is now up 1.8 points in the average of polls). In Nevada, Republican Joe Heck leads Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto by 2 points (Heck has a 1.2-point lead in the polling average). And in Georgia, Republican Johnny Isakson leads his Democratic challenger by 15 points (Isakson has a 12-point lead in the polling average).

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