Poll: Half of GOP voters in 9th District still undecided

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PHOENIX -- With a little more than a month until voters start casting ballots in the primaries, a poll released Tuesday shows nearly half of the eligible Republican voters in Arizona's new 9th Congressional District are still undecided.

The survey, which was paid for by former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker's campaign, shows him leading the crowded GOP field with a nearly double-digit lead. According to the poll, Parker is on top with 21 percent and former military pilot Wendy Rogers is second with 12 percent.

Ex-Chandler Councilman Martin Sepulveda is third with 8 percent and Mesa businessman Travis Grantham follows with 4 percent. Lisa Borowsky and Leah Campos Schandlbauer round out the Republican field.

Still a lot could change as 48 percent said they didn't know who they were voting for. But Parker's campaign manager, Brian Murray, said he's not worried about the high number of undecided voters.

"That's to be expected at this point in the race," Murray said of the undecided voters. "But we like the trend lines."

The Washington, D.C-based polling firm American Viewpoint conducted the poll June 3-4 and questioned 300 likely Republican voters. It has a margin of error of 5.7 percent.

Early voting for the Aug. 28 primary begins Aug. 2. The winner will challenge the Democratic primary winner in November. Former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, current Sen. David Schapira and the former leader of the Arizona Democratic Party, Andri Cherny, are battling each other in that race.