The Alabama Senate race drew 19 candidates. Here are the strengths and weaknesses of some of the major contenders
Brian Lyman / Advertiser
If one thing is clear from a poll released Friday, it’s that the GOP primary for the state’s U.S. Senate seat is a toss-up.
A poll of 426 likely Republican voters sponsored by RRH Elections, a Republican-leaning blog, found former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore holding a narrow lead over U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, 31 percent to 29 percent. The gap was within the poll’s margin of error of 5 percent.
The primary will take place Aug. 15.
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, stood at 18 percent, which the pollsters attributed to an onslaught of ads from the Strange campaign and a Mitch McConnell-aligned political action committee questioning his support of President Donald Trump. 62 percent of those surveyed said they strongly supported the president; only five percent said they strongly disapprove of him.
“His numbers have been hurt among the president’s most fervent supporters and boosted among the small minority that disapprove of Trump,” RRH Elections wrote.
Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, came in at 8 percent support and Dr. Randy Brinson, the former head of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, drew 2 percent of the electorate. 11 percent were undecided.
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