A new statewide poll shows that John McCain can spend as much time as he wants in New Hampshire without worrying about losing his Senate seat in Arizona.
The survey by Rasmussen Reports of 500 likely voters found the incumbent Republican with a comfortable 21 point lead over his Democratic challenger, Rodney Glassman. McCain is now the choice of 54 percent of those questioned on Sunday, versus 33 percent for the former Tucson City Council member.
Another 8 percent said they wanted some other choice, with the balance not sure.
The automated telephone survey comes as Glassman is hoping to bridge the gap by goading McCain into another televised debate.
“John McCain spent this past weekend in New Hampshire not asking Arizonans for their votes and not debating me on the issues that matter to you,’’ Glassman said in a Monday press release. McCain was campaigning there this past weekend for Republican candidates.
With McCain a no-show on future debates, Glassman instead is traveling around the state, promising to visit all 15 counties. But he conceded he needs donations.
“It costs money to pay for pencils, paper, bumper stickers, yard signs and advertising to help frame the election for voters,’’ his release said.
Time is running out for Glassman to catch up. Early voting starts Thursday. And pollster Scott Rasmussen said none of the surveys he has conducted has given Glassman more than 37 percent of the vote.
The poll has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.
Aides to Glassman had no immediate response to the survey.