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Updated Feb 12, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Poll: John McCain would face tough 2016 run

PHOENIX -- Arizona Sen. John McCain would likely face a tough race if he were to run for reelection in 2016.

The Behavior Research Center surveyed 700 voters last month in Arizona and found 37 percent approve of McCain's performance but 33 percent gave him a thumbs down.

Nearly 40 percent of registered Republicans surveyed rated his performance as poor, up from only 27 percent last summer.

McCain hasn't announced whether he will seek a sixth-term in 2016 when he turns 80.

The new Rocky Mountain Poll said Sen. Jeff Flake may be making some modest headway with Arizonans. More than 20 percent of those surveyed rated Flake's performance "good," up from 17 percent last summer after he was found to be the nation's most unpopular senator by a Public Policy Poll.

The Rocky Mountain poll said Flake's improved stock with the public is most noticeable within the ranks of registered Republicans and Independents. Democrats remain very cool toward the senator.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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