For many Arizonans, former Attorney General Grant Woods is an unknown; even with his pro-Krysten Sinema Martha McSally bashing ads filling the airwaves . According to a recent poll conducted by OH Predictive Insights, a Phoenix-based research and polling firm, former Governor Jan Brewer beats Woods in name ID.
The poll sized the pair up as potential candidates to run for the Late Sen. John McCain’s Senate seat.
“These two are both ones to watch as jockeying starts for the Arizona Senate race. Whether or not these two run, one thing is for certain – we will not be lacking people lining up on either side of the aisle,” said OH Predictive Insights’ Chief Pollster and Managing Partner, Mike Noble.
Who are they?
Governor of Arizona (2009 – 2015)
In January of 2009, former Gov. Napolitano was officially nominated by President Barack Obama to be his Secretary of Homeland Security. As secretary of state, Brewer was next in the line of succession. She became Governor of Arizona on January 20, 2009, and held her inaugural ceremony the next day. She subsequently won election to a full term as governor in 2010.
Arizona Secretary of State (2003 – 2009)
Brewer was elected Arizona Secretary of State in 2002, serving there until 2009. She was also a delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (1996 – 2002)
In 1996 Brewer ran for chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, defeating incumbent Ed King. She served in this position for six years.
Arizona State Senate (1986 – 1996)
Brewer was a state senator for ten years, from 1986-1996. During her last three years as a state senator, she held the leadership position of majority whip.
Arizona House of Representatives (1982 – 1986)
Brewer was elected as a Republican to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1982. She served there through 1986, when she won election to the Arizona State Senate.
Presidential preference -2016 presidential endorsement
Brewer endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican primary in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
According to his website, Woods currently “has a successful government relations practice. Current or former clients include Apollo/University of Phoenix, Diageo, Wellpoint, Monsanto, Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, Toyota Motor Company, Meritage Homes, American Communications Network and Best Western International.”
Arizona Attorney General (1991 – 1999)
Woods was President of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and chaired the Civil Rights and Supreme Court committees for the National Association of Attorneys General.
Woods was Sen. John McCain’s first chief of staff when he was a congressman.
How did they do?
Jan Brewer favored by 9 points:
Of likely Arizona voters, 47% favor Brewer, while 38% find her unfavorable. Arizona’s former governor also has 85% name identification, according to the poll.
Grant Woods not well-known by Arizonans.
Woods, a long-time Sen. John McCain sycophant, is still not well-known, with almost half of people saying they have no opinion of him, at 48%. Of those who have an opinion, he is above water almost two to one.
Brewer is favored most among Republican women:
Among Republican women, Brewer is favored by +62 points. This is much higher than Republican men, at +49 points, providing a possible edge in a Republican primary.
28-point split among Democrats on Woods’ name recognition:
Among Democrats’ likely base, voters 54 years old or younger have a 27% favorable rating of Woods. Older Democrats have a 55% positive opinion, which is a 28-point gap. Woods also performs well with older Independents, at 43%.