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Raquel Terán leads in the Democratic primary in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District in recent poll

By Casey Clowes

A poll conducted by TargetSmart of likely July primary voters shows Terán taking 30 percent

PHOENIX — In a recent poll conducted by TargetSmart of likely July primary voters Raquel Terán leads Yassamin Ansari by 10 points in the Democratic primary in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District. Terán takes 30 percent of the vote to Ansari’s 20 percent, while 7 percent back Duane Wooten, 6 percent volunteer another candidate, and 37 percent sit in the undecided column at this stage in the campaign.

The poll was commissioned by a coalition of grassroots organizations with deep ties to the community who understand the importance of electing Raquel Terán to Congress.

Terán notably maintains a solid base of support among Hispanic voters in this primary electorate, leading Ansari with 42 to 11 percent. Terán’s lead is even more pronounced among Latino men, with whom she dominates Ansari 52 to 6 percent. “For Terán, the decision to run for Congress is not about building up her resume; this is about service to others. Her commanding lead among the district’s Latino community is unsurprising; she has earned it by being a fearless advocate for our communities,” said Alejandra Gomez, Executive Director, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA).

The memo provided by TargetSmart states, “Terán earns a very warm 68-degree mean rating among those who can rate her, as measured on a 0-100 favorability scale. By comparison, Ansari’s mean rating registers at a more tepid 59-degree level among the voters who can rate her.” 

“The poll confirms what those who have had the privilege of meeting Raquel Terán already know. To know Raquel is to love her—and voters agree,” notes Casey Clowes, Policy and Research Director, Progress Arizona. 

“Armed with information about Raquel, in a head-to-head, record-to-record, candidate-to-candidate match, we know the voters of Arizona’s 3rd congressional district will choose the working families champion at the ballot box,” said Matthew Marquez, Campaigns Director, Working Families Party.  

“UFCW Local 99 supports Raquel Terán because she has always been a fighter for working families. In the nearly 20 years I have known her, Raquel has never wavered in her support for Local 99 families and workers everywhere,” said Jim McLaughlin, President, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) Local 99.

“As educators, we have seen Raquel fight tirelessly for us and our students at the State Capitol and beyond. She’s always been a true champion for public education and for Arizona’s working families, and we can’t wait to have her representing Arizona in Washington, DC.,” said Marisol Garcia, President, Arizona Education Association and an eighth-grade social studies teacher in the Isaac School District.

This coalition is committed to informing voters about Raquel Terán’s background, experience, and accomplishments for working families across Arizona.

 Field dates April 24-28, 2024; sample of likely Democratic primary voters; mixed mode live phone + SMS-to-web; n=404; margin of error +/- 4.9%.


Notes to the Editor:
The poll memo put together by TargetSmart is available at


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