Arizona: Parker Sets Pace With $230,000 Quarterly Haul

Posted April 2, 2010 at 5:23pm

Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker laid down a marker in the 3rd district GOP primary, raising more than $230,000 in the first quarter of 2010, his campaign announced last week.

Parker is one candidate in a crowded field of Republicans hoping to succeed retiring Rep. John Shadegg (R). He switched from the gubernatorial race to the 3rd district contest Jan. 19.

Parker already had a fundraising apparatus up and running as part of his gubernatorial bid, but he was not allowed to transfer any funds over for the 3rd district race.

Money will be a key measuring stick for the GOP contenders, including former state Sens. Pamela Gorman and Jim Waring, former state Rep. Sam Crump, former Paradise Valley Mayor Ed Winkler and attorney Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle. The Republican-leaning district lies in the expensive Phoenix media market.

Businessman Jon Hulburd is the lone Democrat in the race.

McCain Has Lead in Fundraising, Polling

Sen. John McCain has “a solid, but not overwhelming, lead” over former Rep. J.D. Hayworth in the GOP primary, according to a poll released late last week by the liberal Web site Daily Kos.

The Research 2000 survey of likely voters, conducted March 29-31, showed McCain ahead 52 percent to 37 percent. The poll, which surveyed 238 likely GOP primary voters, had a 5-point margin of error.

Particularly encouraging for McCain is that the poll found he was viewed favorably by 76 percent of likely GOP voters, compared with just 19 percent who viewed him unfavorably. Hayworth was viewed favorably by 61 percent of Republicans, while 16 percent had an unfavorable opinion.

Meanwhile, both the McCain and Hayworth campaigns announced their first-quarter fundraising numbers last week.

McCain raised $2.2 million in the first three months of 2010 and ended March with $4.5 million in the bank.

Hayworth, who launched his campaign in February, will report raising in excess of $1 million in the quarter.

Hayworth’s campaign declined to disclose how much cash on hand it had in the bank as of March 31.

The primary is Aug. 24.