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Poll: Flake holds slight advantage over Carmona

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A new Rasmussen poll released Wednesday morning sheds light on the hotly contested race for the U.S. Senate between Jeff Flake and Richard Carmona.

But it also paints a clearer picture of issues important to Arizona.

The poll surveyed 500 likely voters and found that in the race for U.S. senator, 47 percent currently favor Flake, a Republican, while 41 percent plan to vote for Democrat Carmona. 

Previous polls have shown a tighter race, but even here, nine percent of voters are still undecided.

Flake has the advantage with male, white, and older voters while Carmona has the edge with women and Hispanics.

Interestingly, Flake's unfavorables are nearly identical to his favorable - 43 percent to 48 percent - while a large number of voters, 18 percent, still don't know what to think of Carmona.

The poll also asked two questions regarding issues important to Arizonans.

First, in terms of how Arizonans would vote in this year's election, was how important is the issue of immigration?

Forty-nine percent said it was very important, but that number predictably kicks up to 66 percent among Hispanics.

And, finally, if someone is in the country illegally, but has been granted a work permit, should that person be eligible to receive a driver's license and public benefits?

Among prospective voters, 67 percent said no and only 22 percent said yes.

Even a majority of Hispanics polled said driver's licenses and public benefits should not be allowed.

The poll listed a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Flake and Carmona are on the campaign trail right now, and were unavailable for comment.

[Click here to visit the Rasmussen Reports website.]

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