The survey found McCain and Kirkpatrick captured 42 percent of the vote statewide, while 16 percent said they were undecided.

“Sen. McCain appears to have opened the door for Kirkpatrick to make gains with voters,” BRC officials said in a statement…

“Folks know John McCain has changed after 33 years in Washington, and it’s clear they’re ready for a new voice in the U.S. Senate,” Kirkpatrick said in a statement.

McCain’s tepid voter support comes in spite of his powerful role as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, a high-profile position that showcases his military background and advocacy of a strong national defense.